Alana Bartol (she/her) comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore divination and dreaming as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual projects, she creates dialogues with and between publics by employing process-based, experimental, and socially engaged practices exploring issues in ecology.
Bartol holds a BFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an MFA from Wayne State University (USA). In 2019 and 2021, she was long-listed for Canada’s Sobey Art Award representing Prairies and North. Spanning video, performance, drawing, sculpture, photography, environmental and socially engaged art, her work has been presented in in Germany, Hong Kong, Belgium, Romania, Argentina, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, the U.S., and throughout Canada. She has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Alberta Public Art Network/the City of Calgary, Empire of Dirt, and the Canadian Forces Artist Program. Her work has been featured in Esse, Canadian Art, Sculpture Magazine, Blackflash Expanded, and C Magazine.
Of mixed-European ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian currently based in Treaty 7 Territory in Mohkínstsis/Calgary, Alberta, where she is a sessional instructor at Alberta University of the Arts.
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Thank you to the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, and Ontario Arts Council.
Many thanks to my collaborators for their time, knowledge, and insight, as well as the artists, curators, technicians, administrators, writers, community members, and others that have made creating, sharing, and presenting my work possible.