Deanna Bowen

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A project in mapping African diasporic movement and a genealogical investigation in equal measure, my autobiographical, process-driven interdisciplinary practice is concerned with the document and the act of witnessing. My practice revolves around the research and creation of conceptually rooted works that draw upon interrogations of personal and community based genealogical research, local and international 'domestic' histories, American slavery, Migration & Diaspora studies, Trauma theory and corollary discussions of memory and testimony, Southern Gothic Literature, and contemporary debates about political/personal art production. My works are informed by theories related to the aestheticization of the "unspeakable" as they contribute to my efforts to reconstitute the self/collective by artistically “working through” familial and community silences.


Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist and educator who holds a Diploma of Fine Art from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1994). Her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works have been shown in Canada, the US, and Europe in numerous film festivals and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; McMaster Museum of Art; Art Gallery of York University; Flux Projects; Images Festival of Film, Video & New Media; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography; Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival; Oberhausen Film Festival; Nasher Museum of Contemporary Art at Duke University; and Pier 21: Canadian Museum of Immigration.


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