Kirtis Clarke is a British-Jamaican artist and designer based in Amsterdam, whose work draws from his own experience as a member of a wider diasporic community.
Kirtis Clarke, Lifetimes Lived Apart (2021), film still. Courtesy the artist
Born in Streatham, London Clarke is 3rd generation Windrush from the parishes of St Andrews and Trelawny. His research based practice focusses on the performance of blackness in our everyday as a way to connect to knowledges and rituals rooted in our collective sense of identity. Working across performance, sculpture and digital media, his constellations of reference material, abstract forms, films and audio create imaginary spaces to rediscover blackness outside of a white lens. He began his studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol before completing his masters as part of the contextual design department at Design Academy, Eindhoven in 2021.