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. Through her work, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of environmental precarity.
Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, SIMULTAN (Romania), GRRL HAUS Cinema (USA), and Hazel Eye Film Festival (USA), as well as across Canada at Walter Phillips Gallery, Media City International Film and Video Festival, PlugIn ICA, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Latitude 53, Eastern Edge Gallery for HOLD FAST Festival, Access Gallery, InterAccess, and Groupe Intervention Vidéo.
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.
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, the 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.
Photo: Arturo Herrera