In the process is an online interview series developed by AICA Southern Caribbean, a regional chapter of the International Art Critics Association. Each month we spotlight the work of artists from the Caribbean. Conversations delve into the ideas and experiences of creative practitioners, exploring their art-making process and the ongoing work of creating and communicating meanings. For our first conversation, AICA SC President Allison Thompson talks with artist Alberta Whittle.
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Alberta Whittle (b. 1980, Barbados) lives and works between Barbados, Scotland and South Africa. Informed by diasporic conversations, Alberta considers radical self-love and collective care key methods in battling anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces. Whittle’s recent solo exhibition How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland, focused on healing, writing and speech as means of self-liberation. Alberta was one of ten recipients of the 2020 Turner Bursaries, awarded this year in lieu of the Turner Prize nominations, to artists “chosen for their significant contributions to new developments in contemporary art.” She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material Dakar in 2018 and the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/19. Whittle is also the recipient of the 2020 Frieze Artist Award. She is a Committee Member at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow and a Board Member of SCAN (Scottish Creative Art Network). There are a number of exciting events coming up for Whittle including participation in the Liverpool Biennial and the British Art Show 9, both in 2021.