Closing Reception: Pallavi Agarwala

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)


Thursday, March 30, 2017
7pm @ TAIS, 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit B

Finale ~ TAIS’ 2017 International Artist Residency with Pallavi Agarwala

Presented in collaboration with SAVAC

Come out to TAIS for a one-night only presentation of Pallavi Agarwala’s final work, and a closing reception for her residency.

Home Sweet Home

For her residency project, entitled “Home Sweet Home” and developed in studio at TAIS, Agarwala will draw from 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 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. The film will be narrative-based, and will be presented using large-scale digital projections. Borrowing from the story-telling style of video games, the animation will be set up as a mise-en-scene with a first-person point of view, from the perspective of people in the midst of a journey of migration. The narrative will oscillate between two worlds: the home they left and the home they envision on the horizon. 

Pallavi Agarwala is an illustrator and animator from New Delhi, India. After working as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in India, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2016. Agarwala’s work draws upon the poetic language of animated documentaries as means to reconstruct narratives. With a focus on the lives of people in modern cities, she is interested in addressing and representing the underrepresented in her work. Using experimental techniques in drawing, film, and collage ‘cut-ups’ to visually construct metaphors regarding disruption and change, Agarwala believes in approaching subjects with humour and plurality. Considering this as vital to her process and to her efforts to represent the notion of the ‘other’ she is also interested in thinking about the future of cites and how this theme of difference is experienced within urban environments.




 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