Leila Sujir

Leila Sujir is an artist and a professor at Concordia University in the Intermedia Cyberarts BFA program and Open Media MFA program in the Studio Arts Department. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Sujir was born in Hyderabad, India, travelled with her family to Canada at the age of five, first living in Mont Jolie, Quebec, then later moved to Alberta where she grew up. She has a twenty-five year practice as a media artist, and a background in narrative structures from the University of Alberta (BA Literature, 1972), with subsequent graduate work in Postmodern theory (University of Calgary, 1979-1980) and Post-colonial Theory (University of Calgary 1984-1985). In 2005 through 2006, she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary, a one year research position as an artist in the Interactions Lab in the Department of Computer Science. A solo exhibition that has toured Canada, Luminous Stories, initiated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, covered ten years of her video production 1989-1999.

Her video works have been shown in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, U.K. as well as galleries and festivals all over the world. New Republics, a group exhibition out of the U.K., toured Canada and Australia 1999-2000. Her video works are in a number of collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, who own four of her art-works, starting with video art productions from the mid-eighties through to the present. Sujir's video artwork has also been shown on educational television in Canada. Since 2005, Leila Sujir has been working with Maria Lantin, under the group label Tulip Theory; their on-going project, Breath I/O, is an interactive 3D video installation, funded by a three year SSHRC Research Creation grant. A previous project from Tulip Theory, Tulipomania (2006), also an interactive 3D video installation, developed at the Banff Centre's Banff New Media Institute and the University of Calgary's Interactions Lab, with a table as an instrument for the viewer to compose 3D sound and video projections within the space of a gallery or within a 3D CAVE environment.

Studio XX interview, in their on-line journal, Chronicle in the Studio:


The Dreams of the Night Cleaners

1996, 47:00 minutes, colour, English

India Hearts Beat

1988, 13:00 minutes, colour


1986, 24:30 minutes, colour, English

Vacation / Vacances

1986, 12:30 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and...
by Karen Knights. Expanded Standard Timeline: Artists and Electronic Media in Calgary, EMMEDIA 1980 Through 2005, 2009. Calgary, Alberta: EMMEDIA, 2009.
An Interview With Director Leila Sujir
by Sarah Murphy. Canadian Theatre Review, Spring 2008, no. 94.
Video Inn and the CRTC
by N/A N/A. In Vision, 2001.
In digital identity: Introduction
by Elizabeth Kidd and Liane Davison. Digital Identity, 2000. Surrey: Surrey Art Gallery, 2000.
Leila Sujir
by Nancy Tousley. Canadian Art, Fall 1995, v. 12, no. 3.
Artist gives television new look: Fable focuses on the experience...
by Nancy Tousley. Calgary Herald, May 26, 1995.
To the cleaners: Video artist Sujir explores immigrants' dreams
by Charles Mandel. The Edmonton Journal, Nov. 17, 1995.
Can-Asian Perspectives: A Film and Video Series Exploring Asian Experiences in Canada, 1992. London: The Canadian High Commission and Bazaar Magazine/South Asian Arts Forum, 1992.
À la découverte des Amériques
by Daniel Carrière. Le Devoir, Aug. 29, 1992.
Identity and Consciousness:: (Re)Presenting the Self
by Sheila Petty. Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991. Regina, SK: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
Exhibition Program
by Sheila Petty. Identity and Consciousness: (Re)Presenting the Self, 1991. Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
Regeneration: 13 October - 25 November 1990
by Christine Conley. Regeneration, 1990. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1990.
Within and Without: Reconstructing Regional Identity
by Sarah Murphy. Fuse, Spring 1990, v. 13, no. 4.
Glenbow exhibit a critical success for Sujir
by R H. MRC News, Oct. 26, 1989.
Independent Images
by Elizabeth Schroder et al. Fuse, Aug. 1989.
La Vidéo Dans le monde: De la vidéo-outil à la vidéo-icône
by Jean Tourangeau. Les yeux fertiles: Bilan cinématographique et vidéographique 1989, 1989. Montréal: Les herbes rouge, 1989.
Mapping the Film Culture: Calgary, 1985
by Leila Sujir. NeWest Review, Jan. 1986.
Town Without Pity
by Leila Sujir. Last Issue, Summer 1985.
The World Between Subject and Object
by Sarah Murphy. CSIF Film Video Journal, Summer 1983, v. 1, no. 1.
Leila Sujir and Douglas Berquist "Technologically Native"
by Don Mabie. Vanguard, Sept. 1983, v. 12, no. 7.
Postface: Video Music Film
by Brian Dyson et al. Centerfold, Sept. 1976, v. 1, no. 2.