Alana Bartol

Alana Bartol, “Orphan Well Adoption Agency”, at Latitude 53 December 7 2018–January 26 2019. Photo by Adam Waldron-Blain.

Canadian artist Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive artworks explore divination as a way of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of ecological crisis.

A multidisciplinary artist with a B.F.A. from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an M.F.A. from Wayne State University (USA), she has been a visitor to Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Alberta in Treaty 7 Territory for five years. In 2019, she was longlisted for Canada’s Sobey Art Award representing the Prairies and North. Bartol’s work has been presented in festivals and galleries nationally and internationally including Esker Foundation Project Space, PlugIn ICA, Latitude 53, Walter Phillips Gallery, Berlin Feminist Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Brussels Independent Film Festival, Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, and Media City International Film and Video Festival, amongst others. Bartol currently teaches at Alberta University of the Arts.

For more research on this work visit Orphan Well Adoption Agency. Follow her residency with University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Her upcoming 2-person exhibition at Viviane Art Gallery with Sandra Meigs in July-August 2020.

Alana Bartol, “Orphan Well Adoption Agency”, at Latitude 53 December 7 2018–January 26 2019. Photo by Adam Waldron-Blain.
Orphan Well Adoption Agency Promotion, 2017-ongoing. Postcards, signs, online advertising, various dimensions.
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  1. […] Alana Bartol spoke to us in mid-June 2020 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she was busy with a number of projects. One in particular that she has worked on for a number of years, The Orphan Well Adoption Agency, asks the public to examine concepts of care, accountability and responsibility in the oil and gas industry. The project began with her personal curiosity about what orphan wells are and led to her learning about regulatory bodies and policies of the oil and gas industry in Alberta and examining the lack of transparency and accountability that exists in this industry. An orphan well refers to a former oil site that has been abandoned by an oil and gas company, usually one that has gone bankrupt, who have abdicated responsibility for cleaning up and simply left this contaminated site in the land. To hear more about Alana Bartol’s important work on this project and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Alana Bartol spoke to us in mid-June 2020 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she was busy with a number of projects. One in particular that she has worked on for a number of years, The Orphan Well Adoption Agency, asks the public to examine concepts of care, accountability and responsibility in the oil and gas industry. The project began with her personal curiosity about what orphan wells are and led to her learning about regulatory bodies and policies of the oil and gas industry in Alberta and examining the lack of transparency and accountability that exists in this industry. An orphan well refers to a former oil site that has been abandoned by an oil and gas company, usually one that has gone bankrupt, who have abdicated responsibility for cleaning up and simply left this contaminated site in the land. To hear more about Alana Bartol’s important work on this project and more, listen to the complete interview. […]