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 [she/her] is avisual 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. Most recently, her work has explored the themes of re-memory and narrative biomythography. Institute of Contemporary Art-Philadelphia, the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Whitney Museum; Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) – Berlin; MOCA LA; MCA Chicago, and MoMA PS1.  Most recently she is the recipient of a Bucksbaum Award for her work in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts (2019), a Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism from Bard College (2018), and a Pew Fellowship (2016), among others. In 2017-18 she curated A Recollection. + Predicated. as a part of the multi-artist retrospective Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental at both the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia and The Kitchen in New York. She currently lives and works in North Philadelphia.

Her writing has been featured on the Triple Canopy platform, in Artforum, Cultured Magazine, ART 21 Magazine, and many other publications.

Tiona lives and works in NorthPhiladelphia, PA and is the Founder + Owner of Philadelphia based, Conceptual Fade, a micro-gallery and library space centering Black thought + artistic production.

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