We are pleased to announce that Pallavi Agarwala will be coming to Toronto for an International Artist Residency, presented in collaboration with the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). For this residency, Pallavi will present animation as performance and create an immersive narrative experience using scaled up projections. The idea borrows from the language of videogames, and the animation is set up as a mise-en-scène with a first-person the point of view (POV). Seen from the perspective of political refugees  making journeys of migration, the narrative will oscillate between two worlds: the home they left behind and the new home they envision on the horizon. 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.

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.


Artist Talk + Reception : Pallavi Agarwala – THE FRAME & I + Home Sweet Home

Join us at The Theatre Centre for a talk by 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 on display from 18 March to 15 May 2017.

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.

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

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


Workshop: Stop Motion Animated Portraits

SAVAC, in partnership with TAIS, is excited to present a stop motion workshop with guest artist in residence, Pallavi Agarwala. During this 3.5 hour workshop, participants will produce an animated portrait of themselves or a person of their choosing. Using a single photocopied photograph/image in combination with found images, colour paper, and various layering techniques, workshop instructor Pallavi Agarwala will teach participants how to create a simple narrative from found images and photographs.

Using minimalist techniques inspired by the collages of John Stezaker, and some of Agarwala’s own animated works, this workshop is a fun focused opportunity to get into the studio and learn the basics of collage stop motion. By the end each participant will have 1 or more moving portraits done.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:00pm – 9:30pm
TAIS Studios, 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit B

$12 Non-member / $10 TAIS Member / $10 SAVAC Member
Deadline to register is March 20, 2017

REGISTER ONLINE @ http://tais.ca/events/workshop-stop-motion-animated-portraits/