Refusing to make a scene


Refusing to make a scene

A co-broadcast exhibition with Espace Vidéographe

  • Exhibition
© Pavitra Wickramasinghe—Refusing to make a scene, Galerie B-312, 2009—Photo: Galerie B-312

A native of Sri Lanka, Pavitra Wickramasinghe lives and works in Montréal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2003). She is a multidisciplinary artist working with drawing, video, sculpture and installation. Her works have been presented in several festivals, including SAGSRI 2007-2008, Halifax (2008),GIRAF 3, Calgary (2007), MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, San Francisco (2006), Images 19e Festival 2006, Toronto (2006) and Made In Video Festival, Copenhagen (2006). She was Associate Director of Stride Gallery for three years before starting a Master in Visual Arts at Concordia University.

20 November 2009 to 19 December 2009

—Opening Friday, November 20, 2009 AT 5 PM

Galerie B-312 and Espace Vidéographe are pleased to present Refusing to make a scene, a videographic installation by Pavitra Wickramasinghe. The work consists of a sculptural screen made of suspended clear nylon and stainless-steel fibers on which is projected a video based on three maquettes with theatrical spaces animated by different mechanisms. Due to the diffractive and reflective qualities of the sculptural screen, the projected image is distorted and the viewer occupies the filmic space. The artist explores thus different spaces, that of the sculpture, the screen, the stage, the projection, the viewer, the exhibition room, and questions the conventions of seeing.

—Summary of a text by Jean-Émile Verdier