Tiona McClodden

30 Nov 2016


Tiona McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Tiona McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: Movement III, The Deities, Three Months/Ori-Details. Photo courtesy of the artist.

"I'm always trying to avoid a comfortable place of art production while retaining the rigor and execution needed to present new media art experiences."

Tiona McClodden (b. 1981) is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores elements of gender, race, historical archives, and social change, driven by an interest in, she says, "contemporary renderings of the works of underrepresented figures in Black American history." McClodden's interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. In her most recent exhibition, Dreaming of Kin (2016) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, McClodden charted her personal and familial biography. In 2015, she created Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex, an online project for Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, commemorating poet and 1993 Pew Fellow Essex Hemphill on the 20th anniversary of his death. Her 2008 film black./womyn received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Qfest and has been screened at film festivals around the country. The recipient of a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, McClodden has had her work shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others.