Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic: Tiona McClodden with Cauleen Smith


In Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions, visual artist and filmmaker Tiona McClodden charts her personal, familial and spiritual biography through deconstruction of the epic film genre.

Nonlinear film trailers, scenes, photographic ephemera, and sculptural objects envelop the viewer in a constellation of coded heirlooms that reimagine the Black American family tale. In this presentation, McClodden and artist Cauleen Smith will screen and discuss images from the film, focusing on how this hybrid format has been exhibited.

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 more recently was one of six American artists selected by CFC Media Lab, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation for the inaugural OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB that brought together diverse creators from both the US and Canada to learn about, explore and experiment with VR storytelling, in particular as a form they can use to draw attention to issues of inclusion, racial and social justice. 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.