Artist Statement

As a filmmaker and visual artist, narrative within social realism, re-memory, and more recently biomythography, are themes explored in my work.

My work explores shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora, or what I call, “Black mentifact”. I’m interested in Blackness and traversing nostalgia; and how the past, present, and future can intersect visually and thematically within time based work. I’m invested in exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time based works, and objects.

*photo by Texas Isaiah . 2019 at Joshua Tree

Artist Bio.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work explores, and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary. McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. Themes explored in McClodden's films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography.

McClodden has exhibited and screened work at the Institute of Contemporary Art-Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, MOCA LA, Art Toronto’s VERGE Video program, MCA Chicago, @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, MOMA PS1, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others in a range of international film festivals and film programs.

She has been awarded the 2019 Bucksbaum Award. McClodden was chosen from among the seventy-five artists whose works are being presented in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. McClodden has been awarded the 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, the 2018–19 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard College, the 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She attended the 2016 Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee as a nominated fellow, and the 2015 Flaherty Film Seminar as a Philadelphia Fellow. She received a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for her ICA-Philadelphia commission Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex. McClodden was also selected as one of six American artists selected by CFC Media Lab, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation for the inaugural OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB that brought together diverse creators from both the US and Canada to learn about, explore and experiment with VR storytelling, in particular as a form they can use to draw attention to issues of inclusion, racial and social justice.

McClodden curated the exhibitions A Recollection. + Predicated. featured within Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental , an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project that examines the life, work, and resurgent influence of Julius Eastman, a Black, gay minimalist composer and performer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died homeless at the age of 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings. The culmination of more than three years of research, this first iteration of this project took place in Philadelphia in May 2017 and the second in 2018 at The Kitchen in NYC where Eastman performed many times before the end of his life. Events included several concerts - including several modern “premieres” of recently recovered works - and a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring archival materials and work by emerging contemporary artists who engage with Eastman and the fragmented nature of his legacy.

Tiona lives and works in North Philadelphia, PA. 


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