Current PDMR Resident: June 2019
Our June 2019 PearlDiving Artist-in-residence is NYC-based Allana Clarke. Scroll down to learn more about our artists!
Allana Clarke (NYC)
Allana Clarke, ( b.1987. Trinidad & Tobago ) is a conceptual artist working in video, sculpture, installation, and performance. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, and Lighthouse Works. Clarke is also the 2014 recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship MICA, Skowhegan fellowship, Vermont Studio Civil Society Fellowship, the Peter W. Brooke Fellowship and a 2015 recipient of a Franklin Furnace grant. She completed her MFA in the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. Recent exhibitions include work performed at FiveMyles Gallery, Invisible Exports Gallery, and Gibney Dance in New York.
About the work (to be developed in residency)
I will develop an interdisciplinary project, utilizing performance, video, and language to examine the failure of black liberation politics and western feminist discourse in relation to black and brown female identifying bodies. Emerging from a deeply personal reflection, these works will ask the question “what toll does systematic un-mirroring take on the psyche?” How do you construct yourself for yourself and not be constructed by others to fill the desires of others? The body that I inhabit has a long and complex history that I have not held agency over. I have come to terms with that truth and aim to take control of representation and take my body back from the subjectivity of history.