Alana Bartol

Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore divination as a way to question consumption-driven relationships to land, water, and natural resources. She is a member of Fathom Sounds, a collective of artists that have come together to think long-term about the health of water and the role artists play in responding to urgent ecological, political, and social issues that collect around water.

In 2019 and 2021, she was long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Sobey Art Award. Bartol‘s work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, SIMULTAN festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), and Access Gallery (Vancouver), amongst others. She has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and the Canadian Forces Artist Program (Latvia).

Of Scottish, German, English, French, Irish, and Danish ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian currently living in Mohkínstsis (Calgary), Alberta.

Image Caption: Alana Bartol, Dowser, 2016, Photo Credit: Karin McGinn

EXHIBITION: Groundwork

May 10, 2021 - August 15, 2021

***Dates subject to provincial guidelines; exhibition will run for a minimum of 6 weeks. Visits are by appointment only. Stay tuned as we confirm scheduling and appointment details following Artscape Youngplace protocols.***

Artists: Alana Bartol, Ileana Hernandez Camacho, Tsēmā Igharas
Curator: Valérie Frappier


The term “extractivism” simultaneously evokes a physical process as well as a mindset, implying a forceful removal and subsequent severing of relations. By intersecting strands of ecology, geology, and performance theory, Groundwork examines how land-based actions can challenge the colonial-capitalist framework of extractivism.

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