Michèle Pearson Clarke

Michèle Pearson Clarke

Given that the black/queer body is always already understood to be in mourning due to racial trauma, social exclusion and violence, Michèle Pearson Clarke's work in film, video and photography is concerned with representing other forms of black/queer pain as a practice of resistance. Working both on and against an identification with the pains of black queerness, Clarke's work disidentifies with the ways that blackness and queerness are understood to be failures, seeking instead to reveal grief, longing and loss as productive and unexpected sites of possibility. 

Over the course of the residency, using large-format and analogue processes, Clarke will create a new body of work that explore masculinity, repetition and performative potential of portraiture. Gallery 44 will present a solo exhibition of Clarke's work in spring 2018. 

 

Michèle Pearson Clarke (b. 1973) is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work explores queer and black diasporic longing and loss. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto; The Power Plant, Toronto; Images Festival, Toronto; International Film Festival Rotterdam and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Based in Toronto, she holds an MSW from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University.