Clara Laratta received her BFA from McMaster University where she graduated with distinction, specializing in photography and printmaking. She is based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her work explores identity through the lens of how we effect and are effected by others with a focus on how this influences the way we see and interact with the world. As her work researches the effects of our relationships with others and the earth, she feels strongly that relationships are acknowledged. Laratta would like to recognize that her practice is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinabe nations and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement. Laratta places herself as a cisgender female. The control and ability to represent herself as the subject rather than an object appeals to her and is also an important part of her practice.
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, 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 the DVSA Advanced Studio Residency 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 Bank of Montreal First 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 ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany, Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland, Museum Scholoss Mayland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The B. Davis Schwartz Library, Long Island University Post, New York, USA, The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland, The Fluxmuseum, St. Louis, MO, The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, The Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan, The Moscow Museum, Russia, The NYC MoMA, New York, USA, The Mumok, Vienna, Austria, The Musee de la Poste, Paris, France, The Waskomium, Burlington, VT, and in various private collections.