Talena Sanders

Liahona, 2012-13
16mm film transferred to HD video, black and white and color, sound, 63 mins

Tokens and Penalties 1, 2012
HD video, color, sound, performance for camera, 4 mins
Full Frame Theater at ATC

The Wilford Woodruff, Sr. Collection of Curiosities, 2013
Mixed media installation
Power Plant Gallery at ATC



I am an interdisciplinary artist exploring relationships between personal identity, visual and material culture, dress and adornment, spiritual practice, and geographic place. Often exploring individuals’ senses of self in the context of organized religions and other affinity groups, I am interested in examining how social structures affect the tension between individual and collective senses of identity.

My moving image work is most often a combination of experimental cinema and documentary. I also incorporate documentary and experimental ethnographic approaches to examine themes of identity production through intermedia installation and performance, photography, performance, and relational aesthetics. My work has been exhibited and collected internationally, from very serious arts institutions to the basements and highway motels of America. Here are a few of the very nice places who have shown my work: New York Film Festival Views from the Avant-Garde, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Lódz Culture House’s Galeria Imaginarium in Lódz, Poland, Chelsea Museum of Art in New York, NY, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV, Above Second gallery in Hong Kong, International Forum Art Tech Media in Cordoba, Spain, International Streaming Festival in The Hague, The Netherlands, Contemporary Art Center in Naples, Italy, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, and selected photographs represented by Getty Images.

Curriculum Vitae