BIOGRAPHY 

"My work attempts to draw a thread between past and present. I etch, stitch, mould.... in order to make the archive tangible, to myself and to others. In my own way, I’m trying to understand our collective experience as Caribbean peoples and pay homage to those who have walked before us. "

Photograph by Adeline Gregoire 

Trinidadian Artist and Designer Shannon Alonzo has been working in the creative industries since 2011, within a variety of roles including visual art, costume design and production design.

An alumna of the University of the Arts London, her artistic practice explores themes of collective belonging, place attachment and the significance of carnival ritual to the Caribbean consciousness. Her project collaborations with design house Meiling Inc Ltd have included work with Peter Minshall and the Callaloo Company, Costume Design for 3Canal’s annual carnival productions, and Wardrobe Design for the feature documentary ‘Pan! A Modern Odyssey’. 

In 2013, Alonzo turned her focus to visual arts, taking on roles in art department for film. These have included production design for the award winning feature film ‘Play the Devil’, which

opened the LA Film Festival in 2016. Other production design credits include the feature film ‘Moving Parts’ and short film ‘Salty Dog’, as well as television commercials for FLOW, Angostura and Bmobile, amongst others. 

Underpinning and fueling all other endeavors, Alonzo maintains her fine art practice, which provides a highly personal medium for creative inquiry. In August 2019, Alonzo exhibited an ongoing body of work entitled ‘IMPRINT’ at The Loftt Gallery in Port of Spain. In 2020 she was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and was awarded grants from the 125 Fund and CATAPULT Caribbean Artist Showcase. In the same year, she undertook an artist residency at Alice Yard Project Space, Port of Spain and has recently completed a Masters of Research in Creative Practice, at the University of Westminster, U.K.

Education 

2019 - 2021

Mres Creative Practice

University of Westminster, U.K. 

2008 - 2012

BA Hons Fashion Design & Marketing

London College of Fashion, UAL

Awards & Residencies 

2022

Artist Residency, Documenta Fifteen, Kassel, Germany 

2020

CATAPULT Caribbean Artist Showcase Grant 

2020

Shortlist Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 

2020

Artist Residency, Alice Yard Project Space 

2020

125 Fund Research Grant 

Exhibitions 

Group 

2022

2022

2022

2020

2020

2019

Alice Yard Collective, Documenta Fifteen, Kassel, Germany 

Atlantic World Art Fair, Artsy, Y Gallery Booth   

Cloud Sediments, Ambika P3, London, U.K. 

States of Confinement, POS, Trinidad  

Ashurst Emerging Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition, London, U.K.  

Physical Thinking, University of Westminster, London, U.K.  

Solo

2019

2015

Imprint, Loftt Gallery, POS, Trinidad 

Of smoke and sunshine, Black Box, POS, Trinidad 

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