The School of Graduate Studies at OCAD University is pleased to be hosting Michèle Pearson Clarke for our SGS Speaker Series. This series will feature artist, designer and curator talks to inspire and support the OCAD U Graduate community.

Tue, 17 January 2023, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
130 Queens Quay East, Level 4R
Toronto, ON, M5A 0P6


This in-person talk will include a moderated Q+A, and ASL translation services will be provided.

Doors: 6:00pm, light refreshments will be provided.
Talk: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Michèle Pearson Clarke is an artist, writer, and educator who works in photography, film, video, and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work situates grief as a site of possibility for social engagement and political connection. Born in Trinidad and based in Toronto, her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Royal Ontario Museum, Lagos Photo Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, ltd los angeles, Ryerson Image Centre, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Clarke’s writing has been published in Canadian Art, Transition Magazine, Momus, and The Toronto Star and, in 2018, she was a speaker at the eighth TEDx Port of Spain. Most recently, Clarke was awarded the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Finalist Artist Prize, and she served as the second Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2022).Clarke holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, and in 2015 she received her Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), where she is an Assistant Professor in Photography in the School of Image Arts.

Seating is first come first serve, however if you will be accessing ASL translation services or are hard of hearing, please message Meichen at and we will reserve seating in the front rows. Additionally, if you have any other access accommodation requests please reach out to Meichen at