Tiona Nekkia McClodden

b. 1981 Blytheville, AR (AFB)

Lives + Works in North Philadelphia, PA


  • 2000-2002 Film + Psychology, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA [No Degree]
  • 2002-2004 Film + Video apprenticeship with Larry Steele at Educational Media Center at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


2021 ONE/OFF Genesis Cohort 

2020 Headlands Arts Residency [postponed]

2019 Carter/Johnson Leather Library Scholar Artist in Residence

2018 PICA Creative Exchange Lab [Fall]

2018 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

2018 Recess Session - Shug Avery's Kiss

2016 Open Immersion: Virtual Reality Lab Fellow, Toronto, CA

2016 Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee Fellow

2016 Center for Afrofuturist Studies Resident

2016 Ossian Arts Research Fellowship- Jain Family Institute

2015 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship-Philadelphia Fellow

Awards + Fellowships

2022 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

2021 -2023  Princeton Arts Fellowship

2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts

2019 Arts Matter Foundation Grant

2019 Bucksbaum Award - Whitney Biennial

2018-2019 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at CCS Bard/Bard College

2018 Pew Arts Grant for Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities

2018 Magnum Foundation Fund

2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

2017 Astraea Global Art Fund Award

2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts

2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant- Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex

2014 Bumming Cigarettes: PIFVA Finishing Fund Award

2009 black./womyn.: Best of Newfest, New York LGBT Film Festival

2009 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award

2008 black./womyn., Audience Award for Best Documentary (Feature), Philadelphia Int’l Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (now Philadelphia Qfest)

Solo Exhibitions + Presentations

2022  MASK | CONCEAL | CARRY at 52 Walker - NYC

2022  The Trace of An Implied Presence at The Shed

2021 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities, Philadelphia, PA (June 2021)

2019 Hold on, let me take the safety off, COMPANY Gallery

2018 CLUB, Performance Space New York

2017 KILO Iba Se 99 Exposition Gemeente Amsterdam, Weesperstraat 432, het Projectmanagementbureau

2016 Sweet Black Atlanta Simulacrum ELEVATE Atlanta, at Broad Street Visitor Center- Atlanta, GA

2016 Dreaming of KIN - Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions, curated by Ladi'Sasha Jones, NYC

2014 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions, January 31 - March 15, 2014, Esther Klein Art Gallery - Philadelphia, PA [Residency Presentation]

Select Group Exhibitions

2022  Juan Francisco Elso: Por América at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NYC

2022 The Condition of Being Addressable at ICA LA, Los Angeles, CA

2022 Vessels at David Zwirner London, London, UK

2022 Olvido, Sombra, Nada  at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Mexico City CDMX

2021 PLAY ME HOME, Prospect New Orleans at Xavier University of Lousiana Art Gallery -  New Orleans, LA

2021 New Grit: Art & Philly Now - Philadelphia, PA 

2021 Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, New Museum, NYC

2020 Enunciated Life, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Love and Ethnology: The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) - Berlin

2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum - New York

2018 Journeys with the Initiated, Participant Inc + e-flux - New York

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 - NYC

2016 Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One), Denny Gallery - NYC

2016 UNLISTED presented by Marginal Utility + Icebox Project Space - 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 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


2021 Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities


2019 I prayed to the wrong god for you.

2018 an offering | six years | a conjecture

2017 The Structure of My Desire

2017 The Labyrinth 1.0

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 (pt. 1) - Shabazz Palaces Dir. Nep Sidhu (Cinematographer)

2015 THEESatisfaction - Recognition

2015 Natalie Prass – Why Don’t You Believe In Me

2015 SassyBlack – Thriller

Select Film Festivals, Screenings, + Presentations

2021 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin - I prayed to the wrong god for you, 2019

2018 Dom Drop premiere - An Evening with Tiona Nekkia McClodden- MoMA Modern Mondays - NYC

2017 ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, NYC Whitney Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, MCA Chicago, MoCA Los Angeles + 100 Institutions, KILO | Iba se 99 - ARIKA Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist - London, UK, State of Emergency - live projection by The Illuminator - NYC, KILO Black Queer Brooklyn on Film - Brooklyn Museum

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, 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), Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions | SCENE II Bout Time, Short Films – MiniFestival @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE, KILO | Iba se 99, BlackStar Film Festival, World Premiere, 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)


2022 Aug 3 - Dec 11th The Trace of An Implied Presence  at The Shed sponsored by NIKE

2021 Danielle Deadwyler: Object-Subject: Flaw is the Only Recourse  at CUE Art Foundation, NYC

2021 Oct 2 - Nov 6  Estate of Barbara Hammer: Tell me there is a lesbian forever... at COMPANY Gallery, NYC

2018 Jan 19 - Feb 10, Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental - The Kitchen - NYC

2017 May 4-28, Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental presented in conjunction with the Eastman Estate, - Slought Foundation - Philadelphia, PA

2015 October 16 - 17th Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental Julius Eastman's Crazy Nigger for 4 pianos performed by Joe Kubera, Adam Tendler, Michelle Cann, and Dynasty Battles with performance by sound artist Tracie Morris. + In Search of Eastman series of conversations and presentations.

2015 Vox Populi Gallery, Surf Club,  Gallery 2 , Kameelah Janan Rasheed "HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY (AND OTHER ETIQUETTE FOR THE LUMPENPROLETARIAT)" , 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

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