Clara Laratta is an emerging visual artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. She received her BFA from McMaster University where she graduated with distinction specializing in photography and printmaking. Her work explores identity through the lens of how we affect and are affected by others with a focus on how this influences the way we see and interact with the world. The use of self-portraits in her work is ironic to someone who has an aversion to being photographed. As a female, the control and ability to represent herself as the subject rather than an object appeals to her. Her work provides an arena for contemplation regarding subjects of spiritual connections to nature in humanity, the perception of others and identity.
Recent solo exhibitions include Relational Affects, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ON, Unleashed, Gallery 4, Hamilton, ON and Liminality, O Gallery, Kitchener, ON. Recent group exhibitions include Dying. Toronto, ON, A Book About Death: The Last Waltz, Islip, NY, Transformation, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Manthan: Exhibition of Prints, Kala Srot Art Gallery, Lucknow, India, Stranger Than Fiction, Millepiani Gallery, Millepiani, Rome and MANTHAN, Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX. She participated in the Biophony Residency in Chelsea, Quebec and the Awakening Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON and is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant, the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance, the Juror’s Choice Award, Fieldcote Museum, Ancaster, ON, People's Choice Award, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, The Lorna and David Somers Community Contribution Award for the Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, a BMO 1st Art! Nominee, McMaster University School of The Arts, Hamilton, ON. and was invited to be a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The Musee de la Poste, Paris, France, The MoMA, NY, ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary, The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, The Fluxmuseum, St. Louis, MO, The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, The Waskomium, Burlington, VT, The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland, Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany, Museum Scholoss Mayland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, and in various private collections.