Samir Gangwani: Become Camera
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Thu, Jan 25
Samir Gangwani activates Melwood Gallery and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ campus with a video installation and interactive performances on January 25, 2018 from 2-10pm.
Join exhibiting artist Samir Gangwani in the Melwood Gallery for a durational performance on Thursday, January 25 from 2:00pm - 10pm. The closing reception and Gangwani’s final performance will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Durational Performance: Thursday, January 25 from 2:00pm - 10pm
Closing Reception & Final Perfomance: Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Become Camera is an extended meditation from a series Gangwani began in 2016 titled Always Watching Part I: A Conversation with the TSA. In addition to exhibiting My Friends and Recording in Progress—selfies and filmed greetings with surveillance cameras and monitors—the artist will be creating and performing a new durational work, Staring Contest, that invites audience members to engage in a digital staring contest with the artist that exists both in the gallery and live via the Snapchat app.
“The everyday person is being constantly surveilled whether they like it or not via phones, security cameras, laptops, satellite imaging, etcetera. As a brown man with a beard I experience a heightened form of surveillance. I’m not only watched by technology; I’m being watched everywhere I go by those on the streets, in stores, and in restaurants because of a stigma created solely on my appearance. Some would profile me as a terrorist,” says Gangwani.
The Melwood Gallery at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ supports the presentation of new work by artists, members, and students working across traditional and emergent media at the intersection of print, photography, and the moving image. The Melwood Gallery, located next to the Melwood Screening Room on the second floor of Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ building at 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, is open Monday through Wednesday from 9am - 5pm and Thursday through Sunday from 9am - 9pm.