Photo by Yannick Anton
Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work explores the personal and political possibilities afforded by considering experiences of emotions related to longing and loss. Her work has been exhibited and screened across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto), Studio XX (Montreal), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning (London, UK), International Film Festival Rotterdam and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and she received her MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University in 2015, when she was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. This past year, she was artist-in-residence at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and she was recently awarded the EDA Residency in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the Winter term 2018. She is currently teaching in the Documentary Studies MFA program at Ryerson University.