Clio Barnard (born Santa Barbara, USA in 1965) is an artist/film-maker whose work deals with the relationship between documentary and fiction, in particular the subjectivity of recollection. She often constructs fictional images around verbatim audio and vice versa.
In 2006 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned Barnard to make ‘Dark Glass’ as part of the major touring programme Single Shot. A psychological micro-drama that moves from the sanctuary of a domestic garden to the half-remembered shadows of a house, ‘Dark Glass’ peers back into a semi-veiled interior world of fraught, ambivalent memories. The Single Shot programme consisted of specially commissioned film and video pieces by well-known artists as well as new talent.
Barnard’s work has been shown in cinemas, at international film festivals and at galleries including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London; Whitstable Biennale, and MoMA, New York. Her films have been screened on Channel 4 television and have had several international broadcasts. In 2007, Barnard was the recipient of the Jerwood/Artangel Open, a major commission for a feature length film, and a Paul Hamlyn Award in 2005. She is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Kent.