Episode 87 features Allana Clarke (b. 1987) is a Trinidadian-American artist whose practice is built upon a foundation of uncertainty, curiosity, a will to heal, and an insistence upon freedom. Fluidly moving through photography, sculptural and text-based works, video, and performance, her research-based practice incorporates socio-political and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, the binding nature of bodily signification, and of the possibility to create non-totalizing identifying structures. Clarke received her BFA in photography from New Jersey City University in 2011 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2014.

She is an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Clarke has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, Lighthouse Works, and Yaddo. She has received several grants including the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Her work has been screened and performed at Gibney Dance in NY, Invisible Export NY, New School Glassbox Studio NY, FRAC in Nantes, France, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, and was featured in the Bauhaus Centennial edition Bauhaus Now: Is Modernity an Attitude. She recently completed a 2020-21 NXTHVN fellowship, a mentorship program co-founded by artist Titus Kaphar. Clarke is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander in Cologne and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago

2023 Forthcoming solo exhibition with Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

2022 An Infinitive Breath, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (Forthcoming, March) A Particular Fantasy, Solo companion exhibitions, Art Omi. Ghent, NY and Bennington College. Bennington, VT

Artist website https://allanaclarke.com/

Galerie Zander www.galeriezander.com

Kavi Gupta Gallery https://kavigupta.com/artists/89-allana-clarke/

Culture Magazine https://www.culturedmag.com/article/2021/12/03/tomorrows-stars-are-on-display-at-art-basel-miami-beach-2021

The Armory https://www.thearmoryshow.com/armory-live/reads/features/interview-with-the-2021-gramercy-international-prize-winner

NXTHVN https://www.nxthvn.com/residents/allana-clarke/

Wayne State University https://cfpca.wayne.edu/news/artist-allana-clarke-joins-art-department-faculty-40791

M|I|C/A   https://www.mica.edu/art-articles/details/allana-clarke/

Ocula https://ocula.com/art-galleries/kavi-gupta-gallery/artworks/allana-clarke/aftermaths/

‘There Was Nothing Left For Us’
Medium/Material: 30 Sec. hair bonding glue (rubber latex and black carbon dye) 57x65x16 inches
Photo credit: Robert McKeeve
(image attached is as ACLAR)

‘As if My Removal Could Cure You’
Medium/Material: Size: 22×22 inches
2020 Photo credit: Chris Gardner

‘Of My Longings & Lack (Video Still)
Medium/Materials: HD Video
Duration: 11min
Date: 2019
Performers: Shakara Wright, Shakirah Stephens, Chandler Bingham, Raven Reid
Voice Over: Shakerria Henderson, Kitoko Chargois