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.
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