Leila Sujir’s intention is to work spatially with both the moving image and sound – with space as volume to be able to be perceived through the body. The Walbran, the site for this aerial drone exploration on Vancouver Island, is scheduled for clear-cut logging by Teal Jones, which would mean the loss of this precious archive of time and space, held in the old growth trees.
Leila Sujir was born in Hyderabad, India, and moved to Mont Jolie, Quebec in Canada with her family as a young child. She studied literature at the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts), and then moved immediately into film production as a young artist, working first with the documentary form with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Within video as a form, she has been able to achieve a collage structure. Over the last decade, she has been experimenting with stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video, extending the viewer into the space of the moving image. Sujir’s video art works have been shown in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, England as well as galleries and festivals all over the world. Her works are in collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery, and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, along with numerous library collections. Sujir is Chair of the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and an associate professor in the Intermedia area (Video, Performance, and Electronic Arts). She recently received a three-year Social Sciences Humanities Research grant, Exploring Elastic 3D Spaces: Bodies and Belonging (2016-2019).