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Elly Clarke

Artist interested in the role, value and performace of the physical body in the digital age. I explore this through photography, video, performance, music, curating and community engaged projects.

I am an artist interested in the performance and the burden (‘the drag’) of the physical body in an increasingly digitally mediated world, as well as the snap-to-grid of templates. I work with analogue and digital photography, video, music, and community-based projects – and #Sergina, a border-straddling, multi-bodied drag queen who, across one body and several, sings and performs songs online and offline about love, lust and loneliness in the mesh of hyper-dis/connection. In this format, #Sergina (plural) has performed in venues of all persuasions in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. Over the past 10 years, #Sergina has been embodied and sculputed by Vladimir Bjelicic, Raul de Nieves, Katy Pendlebury, Thomas Doherty, Liz Rosenfeld, Matt Miwa, Kaajel Patel and Shiva Raichandani.

I have exhibited my photographic, audio and performance work internationally, including at Galerie Wedding, Berlin; Kiasma, Helsinki; Franklin Furnace, New York; The Other Gallery, Banff, Canada and Techno Park Studios, Melbourne, and have taught at insitutions that include Munich Akademie den Bildene Kunste; Birmingham City University; Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne; Coventry University; Central School of Speech and Drama in London and, currently, on the MFA programme at Goldsmiths.

From 2008-13 I ran Clarke Gallery out of my 2-room apartment in Berlin. I am now dragging my way through a PhD at Goldsmiths, looking at the drag of physicality in the digital age alongside a study of early netcast performances commissioned and presented by Franklin Furnace in New York, 1998-2000.


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