Alberta Whittle’s creative practice is motivated by the desire to work collectively towards radical self-love. Informed by diasporic conversations, she considers radical self-love a key method in decolonisation for people of colour (POC) to battle anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.
Since 2016, Whittle has been a committee member of Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, where her curatorial research looks at the need to decolonise public art institutions. She is a freelance journalist and her critical writing has been published in Visual Culture in Britain, Visual Studies, Art South Africa and Critical Arts Academic Journal.
Whittle has exhibited in various solo and group shows, including at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2015, Embodied Spaces, FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015, ArfoScots, Galerie de l’UQAM, Quebec, Canada, 2017, Where We’re At! Other Voices on Gender, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium, 2014 and Transoceanic Visual Exchange, National Art Gallery, Bahamas, 2017. She has also shown work at Intermedia and David Dale, Glasgow, Scotland, Video Art Network Lagos, Nigeria, and at the Apartheid Museum, Goethe On Main and Constitution Hill, South Africa.
During 2018 Whittle is an Associate Artist at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow, and a Fellow at RAW Académie in Dakar, Senegal.
She has recently been awarded the Margaret Tait Award 2018/9.
Whittle is an artist on the Holding Space programme as part of Object Positions at The Showroom.
Holding Space is a one-year programme of research and support for eight UK based artists, as part of the Object Positions programme at The Showroom.