The Hitter

BY Tiona McClodden


SUPPORTED BY University of Melbourne, as part of the NGV Triennial – exploring the emerging intersections of art, design, science and society.

In The Hitter, queer artist Tiona McClodden reads a text about BDSM practices while participating in the activity described. The text is by Brad Johnson, and McClodden pays homage to the poems, essays, and correspondence of the late writer who died of AIDS-related complications in 2011.

This video contains content that may be sensitive for some viewers.


Tiona Nekkia McClodden is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work explores, and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary. McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. Themes explored in McClodden’s films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography.