Reconstructing Blackness: Michèle Pearson Clarke on Portraiture and Identity

Reconstructing Blackness: Michèle Pearson Clarke on Portraiture and Identity

Tuesday, May 9, 2017,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
40.00 CAD
30.00 CAD

Gallery 44 is thrilled to host this new workshop led by current artist-in-residence, Michèle Pearson Clarke who will discuss her practice and lead an informal critique of participants’ work.

Given that the black/queer body is always already understood to be in mourning due to racial trauma, social exclusion and violence, Michèle's work in film, video and photography is concerned with representing other forms of black/queer pain as a practice of resistance. In this workshop, participants will learn about her techniques (both conceptual and technical), and the issues of representation, vulnerability and political engagement that she is thinking through as she explores masculinity, repetition and the performative potential of portraiture during her residency.

Participants are encouraged to bring 5-7 small photographs (no larger than 11"x17") from a complete or in-progress series to the workshop. Artists will participate in a sharing circle intended to stimulate constructive criticism and creative feedback from Michèle and other participants.

*Registration is limited to 10 participants max in order to permit informal and intimate conversation and critique.



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 shown nationally and internationally including at the Ryerson Image Centre, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Images Festival in Toronto; and International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Based in Toronto, she holds an MSW from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University, and is currently artist-in-residence at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.