Tiona Nekkia McClodden

b. 1981 Blytheville, AK

Lives + Works in North Philadelphia, PA


  • 2000-2002 Film + Psychology, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002-2004 Film + Video apprenticeship with Larry Steele at Educational Media Center, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Residencies & Awards

  • 2017 Astraea Global Art Fund Award
  • 2016 Open Immersion: Virtual Reality Lab Fellow, Toronto, CA
  • 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts
  • 2016 Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee Fellow
  • 2016 Center for Afrofuturist Studies Resident
  • 2016 Ossian Arts Research Fellowship- Jain Family Institute
  • 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant- Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex
  • 2015 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship-Philadelphia Fellow
  • 2014- 2015 Artist Member at Vox Populi Gallery 
  • 2014 SANCTUARY sound residency 
  • 2014 Bumming Cigarettes: PIFVA Finishing Fund Award 
  • 2013 Leeway Art + Technology NextFab Studio Residency for Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions
  • 2009 black./womyn.: Best of Newfest, New York LGBT Film Festival 
  • 2009 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award 
  • 2009 PIFVA Finishing Fund Grant for black./womyn.
  • 2008 black./womyn.: Audience Award for Best Documentary (Feature), Philadelphia Int’l Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (now Philadelphia Qfest) 

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 KILO Iba Se 99 Exposition Gemeente Amsterdam, Weesperstraat 432, het Projectmanagementbureau
  • 2016 ELEVATE Atlanta, Sweet Black Atlanta Simulacrum at Broad Street Visitor Center- Atlanta, GA
  • 2016 Works created in residence (Se te subió el santo? (Are you in a trance?), BacklightUntitled (Soul), 2016, and On Subjugation), May 6-7, 2016 Center for Afrofuturist Studies @Public Space One – Iowa City, IA
  • 2016 Dreaming of KIN - Tiona McClodden, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement   I - The Visions, curated by Ladi'Sasha Jones - Feb 6 – April 10, 2016 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art
  • 2014 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions, January 31 - March 15, 2014, Esther Klein Art Gallery - Philadelphia, PA

Select Group Exhibitions

  • (forthcoming) 2017 Speech/Acts, Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia
  • 2017 Sexual Fragments Absent, SVA MA Curatorial-Paddles NYC  
  • 2017 One day this kid will get larger, Depaul Art Museum - Chicago, IL
  • 2016 To A Point, SVA CP Project Space - New York NY
  • 2016 Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One), Denny Gallery - New York, NY  
  • 2016 UNLISTED presented by Marginal Utility + Icebox Project Space - Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 History As I Know It - On The Ground Floor Gallery-L.A. + Imperfect Gallery -Philadelphia, PA
  • 2015 Art Toronto-VERGE Video: Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions
  • 2015 With For And Against, Vox Populi Gallery, New Members group exhibition
  • 2014 THE CHILLS (sound installation), SANCTUARY residency group show, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 W A I T, Project 4 Gallery - Washington, DC
  • 2011 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, The Visions – Americanly Speaking, Philadelphia ICA, Open Video Call Exhibit – Philadelphia, PA


  • (forthcoming) 2017 The Labyrinth
  • 2017 The Brad Johnson Tape, II-X
  • 2017 X - On Subjugation
  • 2017 I - The Hitter
  • 2017 Dom Drop
  • 2015 The Uncoolness of Grief
  • 2015 Essex + Audre
  • 2015 KILO | Iba se 99
  • 2014 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic Movement I – The Visions
  • 2013 roots.|&|rigor
  • 2012 Bumming Cigarettes
  • 2011 Nila, Bernice, & Christie.
  • 2008: black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent.
  • 2004 Strange Black Nostalgia

Music Videos

  • 2017 Welcome to Quazars - Shabazz Palaces (Cinematographer) Dir. by Nep Sidhu
  • 2015 THEESatisfaction - Recognition 
  • 2015 Natalie Prass – Why Don’t You Believe In Me 
  • 2015 SassyBlack – Thriller 

Select Film Festivals, Screenings, + Presentations

  • (forthcoming) 2017 ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, NYC Whitney Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, TBA
  • 2017 KILO Black Queer Brooklyn on Film - Brooklyn Museum -June
  • 2016 KILO | Iba se 99, KEA’S ARK OF NEWARK: A LIFE IN WORKS - Locating the Ark Part 2 , Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery, Newark, NJ
  • 2016 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions: Trailer 1+2 'Comrade, what is your visual bond today?' at Sunday Session - MOMA PS1, New York  Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex live presentation at BHQFU, Brooklyn, NY, The Potter’s House - Washington D.C., and Bowerbird GATE Series, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2015 Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex –Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (Online Digital Commission  Project for World AIDS Day)
  • 2015 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions | SCENE II Bout Time, Short Films – MiniFestival  @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE 
  • 2015 KILO | Iba se 99, BlackStar Film Festival, World Premiere 
  • 2015 Recognition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA   KILO | Iba se 99: special preview- “I Cried, Power!” On the Limits & Possibilities of Black Life (part of Black Artstory Month), New York, NY; black./womyn. screening at PeaceCorps HQ in Washington, DC for Women’s History Month; black./womyn. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT Int’l Film Festival 
  • 2014 Bumming Cigarettes: Queens World Film Festival; Massimadi Afrocaribbean LGBT International Film Festival; KANSAI QUEER FILM FESTIVAL Osaka + Kyoto, JAPAN; Day With(out) Art, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • 2013 Bumming Cigarettes: Langston Hughes African American Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Sistah Sinema Screening Tour: Atlanta, Greensboro, Portland, Chicago; Frameline San Francisco; International LGBT Film Festival; Long Island Gay & Lesbian     Film Festival; Fresno Reel Pride Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; GFest Gaywise Festival-London; Queer Film Festival MEZIPATRA-Prague & Brno, Czech Republic Be Alarmed: The Visions-BlackStar Film Festival Closing Night Premiere; Philadelphia, PA 
  • 2012 Bumming Cigarettes: Philadelphia QFest World Premiere, Philadelphia, PA; Corona Cork Film Festival; BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA 
  • 2011 black./womyn.: Gays & Lesbians for Microsoft GLEAM, Seattle, WA 
  • 2010 black./womyn.: Forum for the Empowerment of Women, Johannesburg, South Africa 
  • 2009 black./womyn.: The Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA; Langston Hughes African American Film; London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; NewFest: NYC LGBT Film Festival 
  • 2008 black./womyn.: 2008 New Orleans International Human Rights Festival; Boston’s 24th Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; San Francisco Black Film Festival; Philadelphia Int’l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Fresno Reel Pride LGBT Film Festival; Clip! Tampa Int’l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; 10th bfm Int’l Film Festival Institute (Summer)


  • Juana María Rodríguez, “Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings”, 2014
  • Monica A. Coleman, “Ain't I a Womanist, Too?: Third-Wave Womanist Religious Thought”, 2013
  • Tani Ikeda, “make/shift: An interview with Tiona McClodden, 2012
  • Phillis Isabella Sheppard, “Self, Culture, and Others in Womanist Practical Theology”, 2011
  • Gloria Jean Wade Gayles, “Their Memories, our Treasure: Conversations with African American women of Wisdom”, Volumes 3-4, Spelman College, 2004
  • Essay: “Coming out is an always thing...” featured in the Revised Edition of Does Your Mama Know?, 2009
  • Featured interview in Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women by T. Sharpley Whiting, 2007
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