Sophie Hoyle

PERMASTRESS addresses Anxiety disorder, the technomediation of the body and the role of collective anxiety in geopolitical discourses.


Permastress (2016) Clips 1-8 from Sophie Hoyle on Vimeo.


Permastress (2016) Installation Documentation from Sophie Hoyle on Vimeo.


Inner Security from Sophie Hoyle on Vimeo.

Artist’s Statement

I’m an artist and writer whose work and research explores an intersectional approach to post- colonial, queer, feminist and disability issues. I work in moving-image, installation and video-essay to look 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. I explore biographical experiences of being queer and part of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) diaspora, to relate the interpersonal to wider structural violence. From direct experience of psychiatric conditions and trauma, or PTSD (Post-Traumatic-Stress- Disorder), I began to look at the politics of collective trauma in communities and societies in the MENA region through post-colonial critique, anti-psychiatry and transcultural psychiatry, and the history and use of medical technologies rooted in biopolitical control.

Sophie Hoyle is an artist and writer currently based in London, UK. Recent exhibitions, screenings and published texts include: Sheer—Naked—Aggression, Chalton Gallery, London; Archipelago, Issue 4; The Southern Summer School, BAK, Utrecht; Power: The Politics of Disability, London (all 2017); The 3D Additivist Cookbook; Clearview Presents; Mimesis for Cosmos Carl; Off to Mahagonny, London; This Time With FEELing [space] London, and Anxious to Secure, Transmediale HKW Berlin (all 2016).