Somerset House Studios resident

Sonya Dyer

Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer, creating speculative fictions using text, sound, moving image and sculpture.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Dyer’s practice explores where the centre is located in fictional narratives of the future. She explores how subjectivities and alliances are formed across cultures and temporalities, creating radical futures through unexpected connections.

Recent projects include Hailing Frequencies Open HFO), her long-term body of work, which intersects the Greek myth of Andromeda, the dubious genesis and extraordinary legacy of HeLa cells and actor Nichelle Nicols’ (Star Trek's '[Uhura') pioneering work with NASA in the 1970s across sculpture and moving image.


The Betsey-Drake Equation (2022)

Recent exhibitions include Three Parent Child (2023), Somerset House The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, Whitstable Biennial, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (all 2022), Directions: Forward, Karst Gallery (2021), Thirteen Ways of Seeing, Herbert Museum and Art Galleries (2021), Art Night London (2021), Rewriting The Future, Site Gallery (2019), Or, Dark Fecundity, The Centre for Afrofuturist Studies, USA (2018), Another World is Possible, CAMP, Copenhagen (2018) and The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, 2017).


Andromeda Mission: Anarcha II (2019)

As a writer and commentator on art and culture, Dyer has contributed to numerous books, journals and publications.

She was a finalist for the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021 and is an alum of Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program.