Sophie Hoyle

For their Radar commissioned work as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 'Gendered Re-Presentations of Disability' research project, Sophie Hoyle is drawing on focus group conversations exploring media representations of Paralympic athletes, led by the project's Research Associate Laura Mora. Supplementing these with conversations with their own communities, Hoyle will produce a video essay exploring the construction of (sporting) disabled bodies in their political, cultural and historical contexts. The film will be premiered at the research project's closing event at Loughborough University London in the summer of 2022, before being shown online via the Radar website for a limited period.

Sophie Hoyle is an artist and writer whose practice explores an intersectional approach to post-colonial, queer, feminist, critical psychiatry and disability issues. Their work looks at the relation of the personal to (and as) political, individual and collective anxieties, and how alliances can be formed where different kinds of inequality and marginalisation intersect. They relate personal experiences of being queer, non-binary and part of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) diaspora to wider forms of structural violence. From lived experience of psychiatric conditions and trauma, or PTSD, they began to explore the history of biomedical technologies rooted in state and military surveillance and control.

Projects

Gendered Re-Presentations of Disability

Two new commissions interrogating gendered representations of para-athletes. Read more

Events

Disability, Empowerment and Paralympic Media: The Politics of Representation

Thu 10 March 2022

18:30pm - 20:00pm

A discussion event bringing together artists and academic researchers to discuss the contested politics of Paralympic representation. Read more