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. Of English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Danish ancestry, Bartol is a settler Canadian currently living and working in Treaty 7 territory in Moh'kins'tsis/Calgary where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts. Photo: Arturo Herrera
Bartol's work has been presented nationally and internationally including Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Art Gallery of Windsor, PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), Berlin Feminist Film Festival, SIMULTAN (Romania), GRRL HAUS Cinema (USA), TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Access Gallery (Vancouver), HOLD FAST Festival at Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John's), InterAccess (Toronto), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), and Media City International Film and Video Festival (Windsor), amongst others.
She has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. Previous and upcoming residencies include Banff Centre for Arts and Creatity (2015), Open AIR - City of Calgary Public Art Program (2016), Santa Fe Art Institute (2017), Eastern Edge Gallery Summer Residency (2018), and Canadian Armed Forces Artist Program (2019).
Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Calgary Arts Development, Alberta University of the Arts Faculty Professional Affairs Funding, City of Windsor Arts and Heritage Fund, and Windsor Endowment for the Arts, for their generous support. I would also like to thank my collaborators for their time, knowledge, and insight, as well as the artists, curators, technicians, administrative staff, writers, community members, and others that have made creating and presenting this work possible.