Pavitra Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Montréal. Her practice is inherently multidisciplinary incorporating drawing, animation, installation, sculpture and video. She is mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image and exploring conventions of seeing. Her work attempts to draw the viewer in through curiosity, intrigue and a sense of wonder while hovering between experiment and play.

email: salut [at] pavitraw [dot] com


C U R R I C U L M   V I T A E


S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S

2016 Landless Longitude, Oboro, Montréal, Canada
  Time Machine, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Canada
2014 Still/Moving, SIGHTINGS, Galerie Leonard et Bina Ellen, Montréal, Canada
2013 Time Machine, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2012 Refusing to make a scene, Centre d'exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, Rouyn Noranda, Canada
  Performing scenes, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, Canada
  Forgetting Machine, Space Radio M, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Refusing to make a scene, La Bande Vidéo, Québec, Canada
  Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, Estevan Art Gallery, Estevan, Canada
2010 Here is always somewhere else, Centro Cultural del Matadero, Huesca, Spain
2009 Refusing to make a scene, Galerie B-312 & Espace Videographe, Montréal, Canada
2007 What is never seen is ever seen, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2003 untitled (Displacement Series #3), Truck +15 Window Project, Calgary, Canada


T W O - P E R S O N  E X H I B I T I O N S

2015 Due North ; pénombres - Amélie Brisson-Darveau & Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Sporobole Centre en Art Sctuel, Sherbrooke, Canada
  So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. Pavitra Wickramasinghe & Shahir Krishna, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal, Canada
  Postes de Contrôl - Hua Jin & Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Festival Accés Asie, Maison de la culture de Cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, Canada
  Jonathan Villeneuve & Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Ombres et lumières- Diane Landry & Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie, Galerie d'art Louise et Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton, Moncton, Canada


G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2017 forthcoming Accès culture 375e Montréal, Maison de la culture Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, Montréal, Canada
2016 forthcoming Nocturne, Halifax, Canada
  London Biennale MANILA Pollination, Manila, Philapines
  Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 dc3 Art Projects Booth, Papier16, Montréal, Canada
  La Nouvelle Biennale, Galerie Thomas Henry Ross, Montréal, Canada
2015 LA MÉCANIQUE DE L'OBJET, Kunst Kraft Werk, Leipzig, Germany
  AURORA 2015, Dallas, USA
  In the making, Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
2014 CONFLUENCE, Plugin Istanbul 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
  In the making, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada
2013 NuM & RiC, Maison de la culture de Villeray--Saint-Michel--Parc-Extension, Montréal, Canada
2012 Trace Back, Changdong Art Studio, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
  [Dé]-territorialité – mémoire des déplacements. Centre d'exposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Canada
  FACO Art Festival, Korea Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
  Géographies variables, La Chambre Blanche, Québec, Canada
  La mécanique de l’objet, Centre national d'exposition, Jonquière, Canada
  MACHines, Enghien-les-bains, France
  Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeulmaru Gallery, Yeosu, South Korea
  Let's Play, Space Radio M, Seoul, South Korea
  Sight & Sound, Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada
  Confluence, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Montréal, Canada
  La mécanique de l’objet, Centre d'exposition d’Amos, Amos, Canada
2011 Cartes Flux Festival, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
  Um teto todo seu, São Paulo, Brazil
  Pixilerations [v.8]: New Media Fringe Festival, Providence, RI, USA
  Géographies variables, La Chambre Blanche, Québec, Canada
  Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf, Cap Lauzon, Deschambault, Canada
  Stuttgarter Filmwinter- Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgarter, Germany
  La mécanique de l’objet, Le Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier, Trois-Rivieres, Canada
2010 Fandango, Truck, Calgary, Canada
2009 Time Off, Art Mur, Montréal, Canada
  Nuit Blanche, Festival Montréal en Lumiére, Montréal, Canada
  Strip Mining for Creative Cities, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008 Strata, Espace Artefacto, Montréal, Canada
2007 GIRAF 3, Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary, Canada
  COMPRESSION, Art Mur, Montréal, Canada
2006 The Mechanics of an Image, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada


S C R E E N I N G S

2015 backup_festival, Weimar, Germany
2014 Fabrica Utopia, Andros, Bahamas
  Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece
2013
Monitor, SAVAC Film & Video Festival, Toronto, Canada; Mississauga, Canada; Articule, Montréal, Canada; no.w.here, London, UK
2012 Homelands, Station21, Zürich, Switzerland
2011 Parallel Visions, MadLab, Manchester, UK
2010 Monitor, New South Asian Short Film and Video, Winnipeg Film Group and SAVAC, Winnipeg, Canada
2009 Masala! Mehndi! Masti! SAVAC Film & Video Festival, Toronto, Canada
2008 Breakthrough Signals, aluCineToronto Latin Media Festival, National Film Board of   Canada, Toronto, Canada
  SAGSRI 2007-08 Space Mission: Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax; Tricycle Media Festival, Montréal; FLASHE Fete, IQ L'Atelier, Alma, Canada
2007 One Take Super 8 Event, POP Montreal Festival, Montréal, Canada
  SAGSRI 2007-08 Space Mission: Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, Dawson City; Art After Aesthetic Distance Conference, Regina; Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Canada
2006 Made In Video Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
  MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Images 19th Festival 2006, Toronto, Canada
2005 Monitor, SAVAC Film & Video Festival, Camera Media Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  FOCUS, Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary
  International Film & Video Festival, The Museum of New Art (MONA), Pontiac, Michigan, USA
2004 Calgary Underground Film Festival, EMMEDIA, Calgary, Canada
2003 Student Shorts Film Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada


E D U C A T I O N   &   R E S I D E N C I E S

2015 HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), Suomenlinna, Finland
2013 KIAC (Klondike Institute of Art and Culture), Residency,Dawson City, Canada
2012 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme, Residency, Changdong Art Studio, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Art Omi International Artist Program, Residency, Art Omi, Ghent, NY, USA
  Géographies variables, Residency, La Chambre Blanche, Québec, Canada
  Residency, Le Centre d'art et de diffusion CLARK, Montréal, Canada
2010 MFA major in Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes Residency, Huesca, Spain
2005 Optic Nerve Residency, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada
  Bars ‘n’ Tones Residency, EMMEDIA, Calgary, Canada
2003 BFA major in Media Arts & Digital Technologies, Alberta College of Art and Design,  Calgary, Canada


A W A R D S   &   G R A N T S

Canada Council for the Arts- Research/Creation Grants to Media Arts 2014
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec- Travel Grant 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Canada Council for the Arts- Travel Grant 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists 2012
The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art 2011-2013
Antrev/Habland Sponsorship for the Arts Award 2011
Canada Council for the Arts- Research/Creation Grants to Film and Video Artists 2009, 2005
Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec- Vivacité Montréal Project Grant 2009
Alberta Foundation for the Arts- Multidisciplinary and New Media Project Grant 2008, 2006


A R T I S T   T A L K S

2016 Marché international de l'art numérique (MIAN), ELEKTRA - Festival international d'art numérique | International Digital Art Festival, Montréal , Canada
  Oboro, Montréal, Canada
2015
Gallery Augusta, Suomenlina Island, Helsinki, Finland
 
Panel Discussion, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal, Canada
 
Department of Art History, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
 
ART X Department, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2014 BNL MTL 2014 - Visite du midi/Lunchtime Tour, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada
2013 KIAC Ball Room, Dawson City, Canada
  Time Machine, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2012 Changdong Art Studio, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
  Open Media Department, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, Canada
2011 Cartes Flux Festival, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
  Pixilerations [v.8]: New Media Fringe Festival, Providence, RI, USA
  Residency, Art Omi, Ghent, NY, USA
  Stuttgarter Filmwinter- Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgarter, Germany
2010 Here is always somewhere else, Centro Cultural del Matadero, Huesca, Spain
2008 Fibre’s Brown Bag Series, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2007 ART X Department, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  IMCA Department, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2006 Had I been kidnapped by myself?, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  The Mechanics of an Image, Panel discussion, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2005 Optic Nerve Residency, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada


B I B L I O G R A P H Y

2016 moore, jake. "Au-delà de la terre/ Landless Longitude." OBORO, Montréal, Canada
2015
Himada, Nasrin. "The Magic of Imperceptible Transformation." La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal, Canada
  Burisch, Nichole & Sherlock, Diana. "In the Making: Materialization at the Intersection of Craft and Emerging Media." Cahiers métiers d'art ::: Craft Journal. Canada.
2013 Book of Light and Shadows catalogue, Gallery FOFA, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.
2012 Vergara, Erandy, "Refusing to make a scene et la matérialisation de la vision." Centre d'exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, Rouyn Noranda, Canada.
  Artists in the Art Studio of National Museum of Contemporary Art catalogue, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.
  MACHines catalogue, Centre Des Arts, Enghien-les-bains, France.  
2011 Bélisle, Julie et De Blois, Ariane. La mécanique de l’objet exhibition text. Perte de signal, Montréal, Canada
2010 Here is always somewhere else exhibition catalogue, Centro Cultural del Matadero, Huesca, Spain
  Moschopedis, Eric. Fandango exhibition text. TRUCK Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2009 Moumblow, Monique. Refusing to make a scene exhibition text. Espace Videographe, Montréal, Canada
  Verdier, Jean-Émile. Refusing to make a scene exhibition text. Galerie B-312, Montréal, Canada
2008 Toronto Latin Media Festival Program Guide, Toronto, Canada
  Beattie, Amanda Helen. “Perceiving the Transformation of Time: From Repetition to Narrative.” Strata exhibition catalogue, Montréal, Canada
  McCleave, Michael. The S.A.G.S.R.I. “McCleave 1” Space Mission 2007/08 Artists multiple/ exhibition catalogue, Dawson City, Canada
2007 What is never seen is ever seen exhibition text, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Canada
  Soullier, Jacinthe. “Hands, Mind and Movement: Investigations and the Body.”  Compression exhibition catalogue, Montreal, Canada
2006 Adams, Sarah. “Things to see and TNG.”  Beatroute, Calgary, Canada
  The Mechanics of an Image exhibition text.The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada


S E L E C T E D    R E V I E W S   &   P R E S S

2015 Gazzola, Bart. "Art School Art." Planet S. Saskatoon, Canada
2014 Rosamond, Emily. "Perte de Signal, Kinetica Museum." esse. Montréal, Canada. [Article on-line]. Available from http://esse.ca/fr/perte-de-signal
2013 Delgado, Jérôme. "Les supercheries de lumière de Pavitra Wickramasinghe." Le Devoir. Québec, Canada
  Reilley Bishop-Stall and Natalie Zayne Bussey, "Shadow play: Wonder and Workmanship in Pavitra Wickramasinghe's Time Machine." PASSENGER ART. Québec, Canada. [Article on-line]. Available from http://passengerart.com/2013/04/20/shadow-play-wonder-and-workmanship-in-pavitra-wickramasinghes-time-machine/
  "Agenda-Québec. " Canadian Art. Canada.
  L'Heureux, Chantal. In situ, CIBL 101.5 Montréa, Canadal. [Radio  Interview]
2012 MacNeill, Jon. ''Rebuilding screens and scenes.'' Here. New Brunswick, Canada.
2011 Desloges, Josianne . "L'automne chez Méduse: laissez-vous méduser." Le Soleil. Québec, Canada. [Article on-line]. Available from http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/arts-et-spectacles/expositions/201109/23/01-4450783-lautomne-chez-meduse-laissez-vous-meduser.php
  Herland, Karen. "Bronfman fellowship recipient announced." Concordia Journal. Montréal, Canada. [Article on-line]. Available from http://www.concordia.ca/now/what-we-do/arts/20110516/bronfman-fellowship-recipient-announced.php
  "Pavitra Wickramasinghe: Concordia recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art 2011." Concordia University, Studio Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts. [Article on-line]. Available from http://studio-arts.concordia.ca/news-and-events/news/pavitra-wickramasinghe.php
  "Deux artistes honorées." LaPresseAffaires.cyberpresse.ca. [Article on-line]. Available from http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/portfolio/technologies-de-linformation/201105/16/01-4399937-deux-artistes-honorees.php
  "L'artiste Aude Moreau obtient une bourse Claudine et Stephen Bronfman en art contemporain." Nouvelle UQAM. [Article on-line]. Available from http://www.nouvelles.uqam.ca/par-categories/diplomes/item/1697-lartiste-aude-moreau-obtient-une-bourse-claudine-et-stephen-bronfman-en-art-contemporain.html
  Beaupré, Mélissa. "La mécanique de l’objet”. Zone Campus, Trois-Rivieres, Canada
  Radio Interview- "Chez nous le matin." Radio-Canada, Mauricie- Centre du Québec, Québec, Canada
  Radio Interview- FRS 99.2 FM, Freies Radio für Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.
2010 Ciria, Sara. ”Pavitra Wickramasinghe invita a ver la ciudad con una nueva perspectiva.” Diario del AltoAragón, Aragón, Spain.
  "Los jóvenes artistas "residentes" muestran su trabajo." radiohuesca.com, [Article on-line]. Available from http://www.radiohuesca.com/hemeroteca/Noticia.aspx?codigo=479139
2009 Radio Interview- “Un Show de Mot'Arts," CISM 89.3 FM. Montréal, Canada
  Fadden, Robyn. “Screen time,”Hour. Montréal, Canada
  Leocha, Anna. “Behind the screen," McGill Daily. Montréal, Canada
  Zebrowski-Rubin, Stefan. “Representation Reconsidered in Montréal," The Artblog. [Article on-line]. Available from http://theartblog.org/2009/12/representation-reconsidered-in-montreal/
2006 Phillip, Lincoln.  “Creative look colours artist’s closet.”  Calgary Herald, Calgary, Canada
  Art-Post, “Galleries & Art.”  FFWD Weekly, Calgary, Canada
  Art-Post, “Galleries.”  Swerve, Calgary, Canada
  Radio Interview, CJSW 90.9 FM, Calgary, Canada
2005 handheld media EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society publication, Calgary, Canada
  Bailey, Cameron.  “New South Asian works score.”  NOW, Toronto, Canada
2003 Price, Ken.  “Experimenting with Personal Space.”  The Journal, Calgary, Canada
  Cho, Alan.  “i-Works Fuses Art and Multimedia.”  The Gauntlet, Calgary, Canada
2002 Li, Ben.  “Projecting the Future of Art in EMMEDIA.”  The Gauntlet, Calgary, Canada