Two images side-by-side of a person holding a yellow and blue post against a red wall.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden, still from "Kilo Iba Se 99," 2015; film still courtesy the artist

Tiona Nekkia McClodden

Film/Video/New Media
Artist in Residence, 2020

Artist Statement

As a filmmaker and visual artist I explore themes of narrative within social realism, citation, re-memory, and more recently biomythography in my work.

My work explores shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora, or what I call “Black mentifact.” I’m interested in Blackness and traversing nostalgia, and how the past, present, and future can intersect visually and thematically within time-based work. I’m invested in exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time-based works, and objects.

While at Headlands

My series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, has been in progress for well over a decade. In preparation for Movement IV of the series, titled The Soldier, I will be utilizing my time at Headlands to do key 16mm film tests of the landscape and militaristic decay, leading up to filming that I plan to produce on site at the Air Force base where I was born, also now vacant and in decay.