Tiona McClodden is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary. Themes examined in McClodden's films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography, and shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora-what she calls, “Black mentifact”. Her work is interested in Blackness and exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time based works, and objects.
McClodden has been awarded the 2016 PEW Fellowship in the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, attended the 2016 Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland as a nominated fellow, The 2016 Ossian Arts Research Fellowship under the Jain Family Institute in New York, NY, and attended the 2015 Flaherty Film Seminar as a Philadelphia Fellow. McClodden has exhibited and screened work at the Institute of Contemporary Art-Philadelphia, Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C., Vox Populi Gallery, Esther Klein Art Gallery, Art Toronto’s 2015 VERGE Video program, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, @RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, MOMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and a range of international film festivals and film programs. Tiona lives and works in North Philadelphia, PA.