Se Te Subio El Santo (Are You In A Trance?) by Tiona Nekkia McClodden: PRE-ORDER


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Se Te Subio El Santo (Are You In A Trance?) by Tiona Nekkia McClodden is the artist’s first monograph. The book includes a series of self-portraits and an essay by author Akwaeke Emezi. McClodden’s daily self-portraits present a full self, implicit of gender, race, sexuality, and spirituality while collapsing and challenging each identity as well.

The title of the work is taken from Ana Mendieta, the Iowa Years: A critical study, 1969 through 1977 where Julia Ann Herzberg writes in the dissertation:

Ana and Raquelin Mendieta’s vocabulary contained many Afro-Cuban idiomatic expressions. For example, they would often respond to a friend who was acting in an unruly or hyperactive manner by asking” “Se te subió el santo? (“Are you in a trance?”) In the Afro-Cuban context, the expression “subirse el santo” is used in religious ceremony when the orisha/saint takes possession of the believer.

First edition, 94 page, black and white, leather cover. 

*Ships early September, 2019*

TIONA NEKKIA MCCLODDEN is an interdisciplinary research-based conceptual artist, filmmaker and curator whose work explores, and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary. McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. Themes explored in McClodden’s films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography.