Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(Union, NJ)Allana Clarke

Project Description

Using my body as the primary vessel, I want to empirically investigate the potential of a discourse of disorientation in an attempt to achieve agency. As a "black woman" living within an American cultural context I feel there has never been an ideology that fully articulates my identity. I'm interested in creating a series of participatory performance and video works that attempt to answer the why? Is it possible to form identity while acknowledging it is inherently antagonistic, without participating in hegemonic practices? How can I use my practice to interrogate these concerns that shape how I conceptualize my existence?

Biography

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 the Ordinary Projects in Chicago. Clarke is also the 2014 recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship MICA, Skowhegan/MICA matching fellowship, Vermont Studio Civil Society Fellowship and the Peter W. Brooke Fellowship. She has recently completed her MFA in the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and lives and works in New York and New Jersey.