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 her work, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of environmental precarity.

In 2019, Bartol was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, and Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, as well as across Canada at Walter Phillips Gallery, Esker Foundation Project Space, PlugIn ICA, Art Gallery of Windsor, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Latitude 53, Access Gallery, and InterAccess. She has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, City of Calgary Public Art Program, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and Canadian Forces Artist Program.

Of English, 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.


Photo: Arturo Herrera

Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, City of Windsor Arts and Heritage Fund, Windsor Endowment for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council for supporting my work. 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.