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b. 1973, Trinidad and Tobago

Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using performative and process-oriented strategies, her work situates grief as a site of possibility for social engagement and political connection. Based in Toronto, she holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and in 2015 she received her MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University, and was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Royal Ontario Museum; LagosPhoto Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Maryland Institute College of Art; ltd los angeles; and Ryerson Image Centre and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto. From 2016-2017, Clarke was artist- in-residence at Gallery 44, and she was the EDA Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the 2018 winter semester. Clarke’s writing has been published in Canadian Art, Transition Magazine, Momus, and The Toronto Star and in 2018, she was a speaker at the eighth TEDxPortofSpain. Most recently, Clarke was the inaugural 2020-2021 artist-in- residence at the University of Toronto’s Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and her work was added to the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Currently, she is a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto and she is serving a term as the second Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2022).


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Telephone: 416-392-6832


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TedxPortofSpain 2018

Rethinking how we hold space for grief and loss