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Allana Clarke

Allana Clarke

Trinidadian-American, born 1987

Allana Clarke 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 video, performance, photography, and text, her research-based practice incorporates sociopolitical and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, how the body signifies, and the possibility of creating open forms of identity. Clarke has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison, Maine; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; and Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, New York. She has received several grants including the 2020 NXTHVN Fellowship, the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and the Franklin Furnace Fund. Her work has been screened and performed at, among other places, Gibney Dance, Invisible-Exports, and the New School’s Glass Box Theater, all in New York City, as well as Frac des Pays de la Loire in Nantes, France and S A V V Y Contemporary: The Laboratory of Form-Ideas in Berlin, Germany. Clarke’s work was featured in the first issue of the Bauhaus Centenary magazine bauhaus now, “Is Modernity an Attitude?” She is currently and an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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