School of Art Gallery and Sylvia Matas: There Was a City, December 9 - February 11

Sylvia Matas: There Was a City

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Director/Curator

December 9, 2021 to February 11, 2022

Sylvia Matas' silent video, There Was a City was created from satellite photographs taken from Google Earth. Drawing from a vast archive, the artist selected images where nature and the built environment ambiguously converge, where it's often difficult to tell if we are looking at a construction site, or a site that has been abandoned. Overlaid text describes a group of people living in similar circumstances, adjusting to cycles of order and entropy, plentitude and lack, certainty and unknowing. This spare and disquieting science fiction film was created in 2021; spending so much time inside prompted the artist's consideration of time, the built environment, decay, and regeneration.

Sylvia Matas is a Winnipeg based artist working in video, bookworks, text, and drawing.

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