Artist Talk: Pallavi Agarwala

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Theatre Centre

Artist Talk & Screening

THE FRAME & I + Home Sweet Home

Presented in collaboration with SAVAC

Presentation partner The Theatre Centre

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Artist Talk:
2pm, in the BMO Incubator @ The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West

Reception to follow,
3:30pm, in The Theatre Centre Cafe

Join us at The Theatre Centre for a talk by Pallavi Agarwala entitled The Frame & I, a two part talk on The Gaze of The Filmmaker and The Viewer in animation art making. The talk will be followed by a work-in-progress discussion of her residency project, “Home Sweet Home” and a reception for Agarwala’s exhibition in The Theatre Centre’s Library Gallery.

The Frame & I

In part one of her talk, Agarwala will speak to some of her influences and intentions as an image-maker working within the realm of animated documentaries, and will speak to the significance of plurality, inclusiveness, and humour in her work and approach to animation. In part two, she will speak about The Gaze of the Viewer. 

Home Sweet Home

In her practice, Agarwala considers ways in which the frame of filmmaking engages the spectator and how this frame can play an integral part in the formation of a narrative. For her residency project, Agarwala is exploring narratives of migration by political refugees. 

Responding to documentation of experiences of recent immigrants to Canada as part of the development of an empathetically-grounded work, Agarwala will use her time in studio at TAIS to focus on the creation of an immersive stop motion short animated film presenting metaphoric landscapes. Her subject will be the sensory experience of transition, and the feelings that accompany displacement when structures of shelter (homes and communities) and their attendant relationships are threatened or untethered. 



 SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a committed co-presenter with TAIS for Pallavi Agarwala’s residency. SAVAC is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, they have increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development. SAVAC’s mission is to produce programs that explore issues and ideas shaping the identities and experiences of people from the region and its diasporas. They encourage work that is challenging, experimental and engaged in critical discussions that offer new perspectives on the contemporary world. For more information about SAVAC visit


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