Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore divination as a way of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of ecological crisis.
A multidisciplinary artist, Bartol holds a B.F.A. from the University of Windsor and an M.F.A. from Detroit’s Wayne State University. In 2019, she was long-listed for Canada's prestigious Sobey Art Award. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, Brussels Experimental Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, SIMULTAN festival (Romania), and Museo de la Ciudad de Guadalajara (Mexico). Her work has been presented across what is now known as Canada at Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Windsor, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Access Gallery (Vancouver), and InterAccess (Tkaronto/Toronto), amongst others. She has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and the Canadian Forces Artist Program (Latvia).
Of Scottish, German, English, French, Irish, and Danish ancestry, Bartol is a settler Canadian currently living in Mohkínstsis (Calgary), Alberta where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts.
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I would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, Windsor Endowment for the Arts, 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.
Photo: Arturo Herrera