Alana Bartol (she/they) comes from a long line of water witches. Their site-responsive artworks explore divination, walking, drawing, and dreaming as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, Bartol examines our relationships with the Earth, the elements, and what are colonially known as natural resources.
Bartol holds a BFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an MFA from Wayne State University (USA). In 2019 and 2021, they were long-listed for Canada’s Sobey Art Award representing Prairies and North. Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals across Canada, including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), Access Gallery (Vancouver), Art Windsor Essex (Windsor), InterAccess (Toronto), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John's), as well as in the U.S. and Mexico. Their video work has been presented in film festivals in Germany, Hong Kong, Belgium, Romania, Argentina, Turkey, Colombia, the U.S., and across Canada.
Spanning drawing, moving image, performance art, sculpture, socially-engaged art, public art, installation and curatorial work, Bartol's artwork has been featured in esse, Canadian Art, Sculpture Magazine, Blackflash Expanded, and C Magazine. They have 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.
Of mixed-European ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian currently based in Treaty 7 Territory in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta), where they teach at the Alberta University of the Arts.
Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, the City of Windsor Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, and the Ontario Arts Council for grant funding in support of my work. Thank you to my collaborators for the opportunity to work together, as well as the artists, curators, technicians, administrators, writers, funders, and communities, that have made creating, sharing, and presenting this work possible.
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