Sonia Kwek isn’t your average movement artist and in fact, she would beg to differ from that title.
While dance and movement may bear some influence in the projects she undertakes, Kwek is certainly a multi-hyphenate creative that stays true to herself and takes on the body’s limitless possibilities head-on.
Bringing more to the table than one may think, she immerses herself in a fair share of opportunities than most – as a performer, artist, collaborator, life model, facilitator and more. Even her portfolio remains far from being linear and this year alone has seen some of her game-changing works come to light.
This includes shadow-ing 阴影, an exploratory piece that uses zentai as a medium to analyse the identity of a shadow self in relation to people and place (its newest adaptation was shown in P7:1SMA’s Catalyst incubation programme in January).
Hymen Instinct, a theatrical act performed during the SubStation’s ‘Alternative Lessons for Women’ double-bill at SeptFest last March, that loosely takes inspiration from Nagisa Oshima film, In the Realm of the Senses (1976), and is rooted in feminity and desire. And now, Nudes.jpg, an ongoing installation piece showing on all-digital festival N.O.W. 2021.
Developed in collaboration with fellow local artist ila as part of their Red Thread series, Nudes.jpg invites the audience to find strength in the vulnerabilities associated with their bodies. By instead, allowing them to participate through submitting a photograph or viewing the ever-updating archive as a means to take ownership of their skin and reclaim the unique narratives that once caused shame or discomfort.
Here, Kwek delves deeper into her passions with the body and movement, how they have empowered her and the greatest inspirations that keep her going.