Alberta Whittle (b. 1980 in Barbados) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.
Alberta Whittle’s research provokes the questioning of the archive as a stable bastion of knowledge, and insists on the recognition that different pasts and futures are possible, dependent on whose voice is the loudest. Examining the contradictions between historical and contemporary images of the Other and notions of the Self, her work resists narrow binaries of expectation and poses questions around access, representation, identity and how subjectivity can be seized from the authority of privilege. Foregrounding her research is an analysis of creative strategies employed to question the authority of postcolonial power, its implications and its legacy.
Solo and group shows include: Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy; Royal Scottish Academy, Scotland; BOZAR, Belgium; David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam); National Art Gallery, Bahamas; Constitution Hill, South Africa; Goethe On Main, South Africa.
Residencies include: Fresh Milk, Barbados; Market Gallery, Scotland; Collective Gallery, Scotland; CESTA, Czech Republic; the Bag Factory, South Africa. In 2014, she was the recipient of an International Development Grant from Creative Scotland to carry out research on performances of masculinities in South Africa.