Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Current Residence: USA
Artist Type: Interdisciplinary Artist
Education: MFA from Mount Royal School of Art, MICA
Exhibition: see website
Allana Clarke, born 1987, Trinidad, is an interdisciplinary artist working and living in Baltimore MD. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a BFA in photography from New Jersey City University. Via performance, video and sculpture Clarke explores ideas of hybridity, ambiguity and mutability in relation colonial/post colonial ideologies and her transcultural experiences, being born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and living and absorbing American cultural histories. Clarke is the inaugural recipient of the Peter W. Brooke fellowship ’13 and has shown locally as well as internationally.
I am interested in the body as an object and manipulation of materials that are resonant with colonial referents such as hair, sugar, and cocoa butter which are linked to my Caribbean heritage and have significance in the life that I have developed living within an American cultural context.
Through my interdisciplinary art practice I explore ideas of ambiguity and mutability in relation to the concept of identity in order to create interstitial passages of discussion. The interstitial being a small opening in between binary structures, while the concept of the interstitial passage is a term coined by post colonial theorist Homi Bhabha in his text The Location of Culture.
“ Interstitial passage(s) between fixed identifications opens up the possibility of a cultural hybridity that entertains difference without an assumed or imposed hierarchy”. I engage with this space as a way to form new narrative’s outside of the one’s that are imposed on my body through culture.
Situational Tension, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD ( July )
Transmorgrify, Emmanuel Church, Baltimore, MD
Mount Royal Fall Show, Leidy & Riggs Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Graduate Student Exhibition, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Wish You Were Here: Postcard Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
In Her Strength, The Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Process Impact: A National Exhbition of Activist Art, Murray State University, Murray, KY
Nouns: Persons, Places and THings, 32 Jones Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
ISE Foundation Annual Art Student Exhibition, ISE Gallery, New York, NY
Breaking Boundaries II: International Photography festival, Pingyao, China