Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Orphan Well Adoption Agency is a work that examines the language and remediation practices of the Alberta oil and gas industry. Through her work, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of environmental precarity.
Of English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Danish ancestry, Bartol is a settler Canadian currently living and working in Treaty 7 territory in Mohkínstsis / Calgary where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts.
Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, SIMULTAN (Romania), Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, and GRRL HAUS Cinema (USA), as well as across Canada at Walter Phillips Gallery, Esker Foundation Project Space, PlugIn ICA, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Latitude 53, Eastern Edge Gallery for HOLD FAST Festival, Access Gallery, and InterAccess.
In 2019, Bartol was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. She is the recipient of multiple grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. Recent residencies include Canadian Armed Forces Residency (Latvia), Eastern Edge Gallery Summer Residency (St. John's, NL), and Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work has been published in books, magazines, and journals including Canadian Art, Sculpture Magazine, Room Magazine, and The Senses and Society. Catalogues of recent exhibitions are available for purchase through Access Gallery and Latitude 53.
Thank you 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.
Photo: Arturo Herrera