Alana Bartol (she/they) comes from a long line of water witches. Their site-responsive artworks explore divination, walking, drawing, and dreaming as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, Bartol examines our relationships with the Earth, the elements, and what are colonially known as natural resources.
In 2019 and 2021, they were long-listed for Canada’s Sobey Art Award representing Prairies and North. They hold a BFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an MFA from Wayne State University (USA). Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals across Canada, including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), Access Gallery (Vancouver), Art Windsor Essex (Windsor), InterAccess (Toronto), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), as well as in the U.S. and Mexico. Their video work has been presented in film festivals in Germany, Hong Kong, Belgium, Romania, Argentina, Turkey, Colombia, the U.S., and across Canada.
Spanning drawing, moving image, performance art, sculpture, socially-engaged art, public art, installation and curatorial work, Bartol's artwork has been featured in esse, Canadian Art, Sculpture Magazine, Blackflash Expanded, The Senses and Society, and C Magazine. They have been awarded grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Calgary Arts Development. Bartol has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Alberta Public Art Network/the City of Calgary, Empire of Dirt, and the Canadian Forces Artist Program.
Of Northern European ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian currently based in Treaty 7 Territory in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta), where they teach at the Alberta University of the Arts. They thank the artists, curators, technicians, administrators, writers, funders, and communities, including the more-than-human communities, that have made creating and sharing their artwork possible.
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