Like Love

Like Love  brings together elements from Sonia Boyce's exhibitions ‘Like Love - Part One, Two and Three’ at Spike Island, Bristol, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, respectively, with extracts from behind-the-scenes conversations and processes, newly commissioned texts and the literary sources that in part inspired Sonia Boyce, most notably Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse, which deconstructs the concept of love from the various viewpoints of its many bearers and sufferers.

The structure of this artist book both reflects the fragmentary nature of Barthes’s narrative, as well as the multiple perspectives of Boyce’s collaborators, who worked with her to explore ideas around ‘care’, an emotion embodied in a steady, deep and enduring commitment to people and things; an emotion that is ‘like love’.