November 9, 2019 – February 17, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.:

“Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in the 1980s”

Leila Sujir will be a part of this exhibition featuring the works of strong Alberta women artists of the 1980s, who significantly contributed to the contemporary landscape of Alberta art.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Lindsey Sharman.



Saturday, September 21, 6:30−9pm.

Garden in the Machine Artists in Conversation & Opening Reception at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Surrey Art Gallery is located in the Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3W 3L1
1 block east of King George Boulevard in Bear Creek Park

Join us on Saturday to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition Garden in the Machine. This group show by leading digital artists in Canada marks 20 years of digital art programming in the Gallery’s internationally recognized TechLab. A conversation with artists Faisal Anwar, Leila Sujir, and Robert Youds will start at 6:30pm, moderated by curator Jordan Strom. Reception follows at 7:30pm with a performance by media artist Leonard J Paul. Free admission.

Upon walking into the exhibition, you’ll see a photographic series, installation, and interactive media artworks that explore the complex relationship between nature and technology. Transformation, mutation, growth, and destruction are central themes that run through the six large-scale works on display. The very limits of the digital and its relationships to nature are of primary concern to the presenting artists.

In Data Mulch, photographer Helma Sawatzky connects the act of composting to the excess, waste, and decay marking our contemporary digital condition. Sustainable food production, among other themes related to nature and the environment, appears in Faisal Anwar’s video project CharBagh. An algorithm transforms photos on Instagram contributed by Surrey residents into ornate geometric designs modelled on Islamic gardens. These photos respond to four questions: What are the images that symbolize your relationship to nature?  What are the images that share your relationship to food sustainability? What are the images that capture the current moment of climate change? What are images that represent better sustainable practices?

Robert Youds also uses computer software to translate photos of a more local public garden, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, into coloured light sequences playing off an elaborate sculpture of aluminum panels, sawhorses, and desk lamps in For Everyone a Fountain. Get interactive with a VR installation called Unceded Territories by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Paisley Smith! Put on a pair of goggles to move through Yuxweluptun’s painted landscapes and experience the impact of your movements on the environment. Finally, spend time reflecting on the beauty of old-growth forests in front of Leila Sujir’s ethereal video Forest Breath. This artwork portrays a dense section of woodland on Canada’s West Coast under threat of deforestation.

Also on view is a group exhibit of nature paintings in our lobby by Artswest Society titled The Nature of Things.

Announcement in Canadian Art: Touring project of commissioned Imax shorts May 23, 2019. This tour includes Leila Sujir’s work entitled Aerial (2019) .

Outer Worlds

“The Dreams of the Night Cleaners (1995)” Screening Thursday, May 9, 2019

This work screened at the Doxa festival in Vancouver, in the program “Longing and Belonging, 1990s South Asian Film and Video | DOXA Documentary Film Festival”  with essay below by Zool Suleman, editor of Rungh magazine.


Launched May 3, 2019 and now available:

Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts

from University of Calgary Press with curator Nancy Tousley’s chapter, “Leila Sujir’s Forest of Pixels,” on Sujir’s new video art works Aerial (2019) and Forest Breath (2018), and Forest! (work in progress).

Download link for online pdf:

“Aerial” screening at Images Festival, April 18th 

Photo from Images festival announcement.

A large format video art commission experimenting with IMAX technologies that will be shown in IMAX theaters throughout 2019-2020, along with the work of four other artists, as part of the XL, Outer Worlds exhibition, starting in Toronto April 18, 2019 at Cinesphere, as the closing night of the Images Festival. Images festival runs from April 11-18, 2019 (

Details about the Images closing night screening and party:

Exhibition Review, April 13, 2018:

with commentary by Molly Glentzer,  “Four of FotoFest’s dazzling displays focus on Indian portraiture,” Houston Chronicle (April 13, 2018).

“Peacocks Dream”


Exhibition Review, June 6 2018:

From Canadian Art, a review of the exhibition, Supernatural: Art, Technology, and the Forest.

Including Leila Sujir’s video work,

“Forest Breath”


Screening announcement, July 2018:

Leila Sujir’s video work,

“Forest Breath: A portrait in progress”

will be shown at The Port Renfrew Elementary School on Sunday, August 12, 2018


Publication announcement, May 2018:

Leila Sujir’s work is part of a new book publication from the Fotofest Biennial.

“INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art,”

Fotofest and Schilt Publishing,  2018


Exhibition! May 17 – September 30, 2018

“Forest Breath”

at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, in a group exhibition, “Supernatural: Art, Technology, and the Forest”.



“Aerial” will be shot this summer (2018) as part of the XL-Outer Worlds: a four-day Festival Celebration at the Cinesphere (Toronto’s Ontario Place).



March 2018! Leila Sujir at FotoFest:

FotoFest International is pleased to announce the names of the 48 featured artists in the central exhibition for its upcoming FOTOFEST 2018 BIENNIAL

The FotoFest 2018 Biennial, March 10 – April 22, 2018, is dedicated to INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art. FotoFest 2018 speaks to a number of contemporary issues in India including gender and sexuality, land rights conflict, the environment, human settlement and migration, and caste and class divisions. The participating artists are from India and the global Indian diaspora.

Organized by Lead Curator Sunil Gupta and FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans, FotoFest 2018 will be one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary photography by artists of Indian origin to be presented in the United States. The artists were handpicked by Mr. Gupta and Mr. Evans while journeying through multiple cities in India and across the world.


Announcement, January 28, 2018

In research and production with the following projects:

Peacocks Dream, for exhibition at the Houston FotoFest Biennial: India — Contemporary Photography and New Media Art  (March – April 2018)

Forest Breath, for exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (May – September 2018).

XL-Outer Worlds: a four-day Festival Celebration, Public Access Collective and True Frame Productions announce the launch of XL-Outer Worlds: a four-day Festival Celebration at the Cinesphere (Toronto’s Ontario Place) which brings together ten curated programs of early IMAX films from the archives, and new expanded projections by Canada’s leading artists Oliver Husain, Lisa Jackson, Kelly Richardson, Michael Snow, and Leila Sujir on the theme of “Outer Worlds.” The commissioned program will also tour to four locations in Canada, and four international destinations where IMAX has had or is having a significant impact.

ScreeningFor Jackson: A Time Capsule, 2004 

Screening date at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: February 25, 2017, with Leila Sujir and Jackson Sujir present.

Video 49 minutes, Betacam SP landscape format (16 by 9 aspect ratio).

A documentary portrait of two Canadian women, Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) and Ruth Horricks-Sujir (b. 1925) which creates a time capsule for their young grandson, Jackson. By moving viewers through the geographies and journeys of these women’s lives, Sujir uses landscapes as points of arrival and departure, and oceans as streams of stories.

Two new book projects have been released:

• from the Art Gallery of Windsor: Srimoyee Mitra (ed), Border Cultures, London, UK: Black Dog Publishing/Art Gallery of Windsor, 2016 [Tulipomania], 2016.

• from the Glenbow: Melanie Kjorlien (ed), Made in Calgary: An Exploration of Art from 1960 to the 2000’s: Calgary, Alberta: Glenbow, 2016 [Tulipomania and My Two Grandmothers], 2016.