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BIO

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.

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EDUCATION
2015     Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Media, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2001     Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
1996     Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019     Untitled (TBD), La Centrale, Montreal, PQ (forthcoming)
2018     I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON (forthcoming)
2017     Parade of Champions, Studio XX, Montreal, PQ (forthcoming)
2017     All That is left unsaid/at the very point where words fail us, Centre[3], Hamilton, ON
2015     Parade of Champions, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018     Scratch That, The Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, ON (forthcoming)
2018     Relentless Presence: Black Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON (forthcoming)
2017     Visitor Information, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
2017     Fugitive Desires, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, London, UK
2017     Universal Loss, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON
2016     Agápe Me: Love, Marriage and Intimacy, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
2015     Complex Social Change, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough, ON
2015     10x10, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2015     There Is Always More than What We Perceive, OCADU Graduate Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015     Surf Club, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2014     Open House, Toronto, ON
2014     Under New Management: Video Store, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
2014     Under New Management: Video Store, Third Space, St John, NB
2014     We Can’t Compete, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2013     Lesbian Herstory Archives Art Benefit, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY
2013     Video Rental Store, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013     That’s So Gay, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2013     Video Rental Store, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City, YT

SELECTED SCREENINGS
2017     Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
2016     Arte Multimedia Canadiense, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016     Black Radical Imagination, Articule, Montreal, PQ
2016     In Your Pocket: Dear Diary, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Toronto, ON
2016     Black Radical Imagination, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2016     Strangloscope Experimental Film/Video & Performance Festival, Florianópolis, Brazil.
2015     Experimenta India, Bangalore, India
2015     MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, NY
2015     Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux, Paris, France
2015     Transoceanic Visual Exchange, Bridgetown, Barbados
2015     Transoceanic Visual Exchange, Auckland, New Zealand
2015     Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival, Toronto, ON
2015     Queer City Cinema, Regina, SK
2015     International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, CFMDC Screening, Germany
2015     Images Festival, Toronto, ON
2015     Independent Visions: Bad Feminism, Regina, SK
2015     International Film Festival Rotterdam, CFMDC Screening, The Netherlands
2014     New Toronto Works, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON
2014     Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival, New Media Program, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
2014     Bent Lens: Pride on Screen, TIFF/Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto, ON
2008    International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2007    Newfest: The New York LGBT Film Festival, New York, NY
2007    Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
2007    Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto, ON
2006    Fraternité Themed Commission Program, Trinity Square Video Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006    Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, QC

PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES
2015     EXILE (part of I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES), curated by Chantal Pontbriand, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
2015     (art)work(sport)work(sex)work, invited by YES! Association/Föreningen JA, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
2015     How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson), invited by Jess Dobkin, The Images   
              Festival, Toronto, ON
2012     Axe Grinding Workshop, curated by (FAG) Feminist Art Gallery, Conference on Feminist and Queer Curating, Tate Modern, London, UK
2012     Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive – Framing Lesbian Fashion, The Feminist Art Gallery (FAG)/ The Power Plant/AGYU, Toronto, ON

ARTIST TALKS, PRESENTATIONS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS
2017     Lecture. A Dark Horse in Low Light: Black Visuality and the Aesthetics of Analogue Photography, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
2017     Workshop. Reconstructing Blackness: On Portraiture and Identity, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
2017     Artist Talk. DMG/Studio Visit Artist Lecture, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough, ON
2017     Artist Talk. Universal Loss Artist Roundtable, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON
2016     Conference Paper. Black Portraiture[s] III, Johannesburg, SA
2016     Conference Paper. Decoloniality: National Women’s Studies Association, Montreal, PQ
2016     Artist Talk. Sex Salon, U of Toronto Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Toronto, ON
2016     Introduction. Stephen Winter’s Jason and Shirley, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2016     Guest Lecture. 1st year MFA research course, Don Snyder, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2015     Artist Talk. Lunch n’ Learn, Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON
2015     Panel Moderator. Black Radical Imagination, with Amir George and Erin Christovale
2015     Artist Talk. LGBTQ studio class, OCADU, Toronto, ON
2015     Conference Paper. Black+Queer+Human: A Conversation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
2015     Artist Talk. VisualEyes Film & Video Camp, Toronto, ON
2015     Artist Talk. In Conversation with Deanna Bowen, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, ON
2014     Panelist. Queer Perspectives, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, ON
2014     Guest Lecture. 3rd year photography class, Dr. Gabrielle Moser, OCADU, Toronto, ON
2014     Artist Talk. Creativity and Failure after Michelangelo, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2014     Public Talk. Sunday Scene: Akram Zaatari’s The End of Time, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
2014     Artist Talk. State of Blackness, OCADU, Toronto, ON
2013     Co-facilitator. No Looking After the Internet: Jason Lazarus’s Too Hard To Keep, with Gabrielle Moser, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON
2013     Artist Talk. In Conversation with Elisha Lim, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2010     Public Talk. A Participant’s Take on the Work of Zanele Muholi, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2008    Panelist. MPENZI: Black Women’s International Film and Video Festival, Toronto, ON
2008    Panelist. Women Filmmakers’ Discussion, Kingston Queer Film + Video Festival, Kingston, ON

RESIDENCIES
2018     EDA Residency in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at University of Toronto Scarborough
2017     Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency
2016     Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence
2016     Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm)

GRANTS & AWARDS
2017     Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artist Grant: Emerging
2016     Ontario Arts Council, Access and Career Development Grant
2015    Toronto Arts Council, Media Artist Grant: Emerging
2015     Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal
2015     Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design
2013     Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2013-2015)
2013    Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (2013-2015)
2007    Best Canadian Female Short Award, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, 2007
2001     University of Toronto Alumni Academic Award of Excellence
2000    University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work Dean’s Honour List (2000–2001)
1996    W.R. Thompson Prize in Psychology
1992    Queen’s Provincial Scholarship (1992-1996)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2015     Fran Schecter, “Activist Visions,” review, NOW Magazine, December 16, 2015
2015     Emily Joveski, “The Scope at Ryerson Interview,” CJRU, June 25, 2015
2015     Ricky Varghese, “A Destitute Grief,” exhibition essay, June 2015
2015     Jacqueline Valencia, “Images Festival, 2015,” review, Mubi.com, April 18, 2015
2015     Erin McGregor, “Friends With Exes,” The Queer Public Podcast, March 10, 2015
2014     Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, “We Can’t Compete,” essay, Complex Social Change, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

2013     Paul Gallant, “A few seconds holding hands,” article, In Toronto, October 2013
2013     Fran Schecter, “So Gay, so good,” review, NOW Magazine, June 27, 2013
2013     Rachel Gelfand, “Feminist Magazine Interview,” KPFK 90.7 (Los Angeles), June 25, 2013
2013     Tracy Tidgwell, “It’s Good To Be Needed: A Conversation with Michele Pearson Clarke,” NOMOREPOTLUCKS no. 27, May 2013
2013     Dayna Mcleod, “Dykes on Mykes Interview,” CKUT 90.3 (Montréal), April 8, 2013
2013     Alex Tigchelaar, “Ex oh ex,” article, Xtra! Magazine, March 26, 2013
2007    Mike Vokins, “Inside Out Film Fest: Eyes on Toronto,” review, Xtra! Magazine, May 10, 2007
2006    Cameron Bailey, “Top 10 Locals,” review, NOW Magazine, December 28, 2006

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2017     Ryerson University, Documentary Media MFA program, Contract Lecturer
2017     Regent Park Film Festival, Expanding the Archives project, Advisory Council Member
2017     Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Projects, Jury Member
2016     Toronto Arts Council, Mid-Career and Established Visual Artists, Jury Member
2016     Gallery TPW, Board Member (2016-present)
2015     Art Gallery of Ontario, Exhibition Advisory Council Member
2014     Ryerson University, Graduate Teaching Assistant
2013     Gallery 44, Board Member (2013-2016)
2013    Ryerson University, Graduate Program Council Student Rep (2013-2015)
2010    Feminist Art Gallery, Board Collective Member/Photographer (2010-present)
2010    Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards, Jury Member
2008    Trinity Square Video, Board Member (2008-2009)
2006    Momentum Documentary Program Participant, National Film Board of Canada
2002    Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Programming Committee Member (2002-2004)
1999     Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Board Chair/Member (1999-2008)

COLLECTIONS
Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto, ON
OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON