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In conversation with Zun Lee, Deanna Bowen, Fred Moten, Stefano Harvey and Dr. Christina Sharpe on December 18th for Ways of Caring, part of a multi-year initiative to activate the Art Gallery of Ontario’s acquisition of Lee’s Fade Resistance collection and to engage a range of publics in Toronto.

Appointed as a Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS). This is an honorary title that acknowledges an individual outside of the University of Toronto in their commitment to sexual diversity and social justice in their teaching, scholarship, community work, and art.

Together with Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, leading a joint tour of the exhibition, “The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African PortraitureNovember 13th at 6:00pm at Ryerson Image Centre.

Premiering a new film, Handmade Mountain, as part of Five@50: An Intimate Look at Contemporary LGBTQ2+ Lives and Identities, with a screening and discussion November 12th at 7:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Leading a Sunday Scene tour, with a response to Rashid Johnson’s exhibition “Anxious Audience” at The Power Plant, November 10th at 2:00pm.

Attending the Black Artists Retreat, hosted by Theaster Gates at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Visiting artist at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, with a public lecture on October 24th.

The Animal Seems to Be Moving on view in the exhibition, The Gender Conspiracy, at the Art Gallery of Burlington, curated by Suzanne Carte and running from August 31 to December 31, 2019. Opening reception, Friday September 13th at 6:00pm, and Artist Tour, Saturday September 7th, 1:00-2:00pm.

Suck Teeth Compositions (After Rashaad Newsome) on view at The New Gallery in Calgary, opening September 13, and running until October 27, 2019.

Launched a monthly column in The Toronto Star, as part of my Photo Laureate activities.


Participating in The 2019 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, along with Valentin Brown, Anna Camilleri, Rah Eleh and James Fowler.

JULY 2019
A Habit of Tenderness: Michèle Pearson Clarke on Vulnerability and Black Visuality, interview by Letticia Cosbert published as a cover story on BlackFlash Magazine.

JUNE 2019
Leading a public art tour of New Monuments for New Cities at The Bentway.

Panelist for “Queer Diversity” conference in Mexico City, as part of Queer Commons, Queer Conflicts, a series of conversations hosted by the Goethe-Instituts in Toronto, New York, Mexico City, and Berlin to mark Stonewall 50.

Queer Artists in Their Own Words: Michèle Pearson Clarke Is Toronto’s Photo Laureate, interview published on

MAY 2019
“Where Does Art Get To Live?”: A Conversation Between Anique Jordan and Michèle Pearson Clarke, published on

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
opens at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 31, and runs until October 27.

Awarded Artist Prize Finalist from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts

APRIL 2019
Appointed to be Toronto’s second Photo Laureate, and will serve a three-year term from 2019-2022.

Participating on the Jury for the 2019 Images Festival, running from April 11-18.

Interviewed by Letticia Cosbert about football and art for her new Akimbo video series, “Extracurricular.”

MARCH 2019
Through lines reviewed by John Nyman in Border Crossings, Issue 149.

In conversation with Quill Christie Peters, Georgiana Uhlyarik and Indu Vashist, for Artistic Ethics in an Age of Social Consciousness, a panel discussion moderated by Gabrielle Moser and hosted by the Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee at the University of Toronto.

Subject of a conference paper delivered at the 2019 College Art Association Conference by Dr. Christina Knight of Haverford College – Unspoken, But Seen: Gesture and Beauty in the Work of Michéle Pearson Clarke.

Featured in Us. Here. Now., a group photography exhibit in the West Wing of Union Station that features original photography by SoTeeOhGillian Mapp, and Brianna Roye, showcasing notable Black Torontonians from different neighborhoods throughout the GTA.

My 2018 TEDxPortofSpain talk is now available for online viewing.

Parade of Champions on view in the exhibition, Are You My Mother?, at the Dunlop Art Gallery, curated by Jennifer Matotek and running from January 18 to March 24, 2019.

A Welcome Weight on My Body listed as an Akimbo 2018 Critic’s Pick by Letticia Cosbert.

Interviewed for the Koffler.Digital publication, Work in Process, along with Annie Wong, Diana Reyes, Jordan Tannahill, Lido Pimienta and Liz Ikiriko.

Publication for Through lines exhibition at Koffler Gallery now available online. Text by curator Noa Bronstein.

All That is Left Unsaid on view at LagosPhoto Festival 2018, opening on October 27 and running until November 15, 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Delivered a talk as one of nine speakers at TEDxPortofSpain 2018 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Reviewed Liberty Theater, the Rosalind Fox Solomon exhibition on view at Stephen Bulger Gallery until October 13, for Momus.

A Welcome Weight on My Body reviewed by RM Vaughan as a Critics’ Pick on

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art reviewed by Felicity Taylor in esse magazine, Issue 94.

In conversation with artists from Through lines exhibition, led by Lindsay Nixon, Indigenous editor-at-large at Canadian Art, as part of Canadian Art Gallery Day Toronto on September 15.

All That is Left Unsaid on view in the exhibition Through lines at Koffler Gallery, opening on September 13 and running until November 25, 2018 in Toronto, ON.

A Welcome Weight on My Body, a solo exhibition of photographic work opening at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto on September 7, and running until October 13. Artist talk with Lily Cho and Leila Timmins on September 8.

JULY 2018
RAGGA NYC featured in an essay by Tiana Reid in Canadian Art.

All That We Left Unsaid at ltd los angeles, reviewed by Rupert Nuttle in C Magazine, Issue 138.

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art featured in Culture Trip.

JUNE 2018
What We Owe To Each Other, a public research project will involve weekly conversations as a part of the group exhibition, RAGGA NYC, running from June 21 to August 11 at Mercer Union in Toronto.

MAY 2018
Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art opens at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on May 12, and runs until September 16.

APRIL 2018
Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art reviewed by Kelsey Adams in Canadian Art.

All That is Left Unsaid on view in the exhibition at; into; across at Ulrich Museum of Art, opening on April 7 and running until August 12, 2018 in Wichita, KS.

MARCH 2018
Travelling to Cambridge, MA to attend Black Portraitures IV: The Color of Silence, the eighth conference in a series of conversations about imaging the black body.

All That is Left Unsaid reviewed by Sharon Mizota in the Los Angeles Times.

All That is Left Unsaid on view at ltd los angeles, opening on February 16 and running until March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

In conversation with curators Silvia Forni and Julie Crooks at ROM Daytime: Here We Are Here on February 8. Lecture, coffee and exhibition tour starting at 11:00am (free with museum admission).

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art reviewed by Chris Rattan in NOW Magazine.

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art reviewed by Murray Whyte in The Toronto Star.

Featured on the cover of NOW Magazine as part of an article on Black Futures Month.

Suck Teeth Compositions (After Rashaad Newsome) on view in the group exhibition, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, opening January 26, 2018 at The Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition opens with a free artist panel at 6:00pm.

Black Men and Me on view in the group exhibition, If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It, opening on January 25th and running until March 24th, 2018 at McIntosh Gallery in London, ON.

Interviewed by Merray Gerges for Canadian Art’s In the Studio Video Series.

Artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto Scarborough for Winter 2018.