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26 Apr 2011

Lindsay Seers: Extramission 6 at Gallery TPW, Toronto

Lindsay Seers, video still from Extramission 6, 2009. Courtesy Matt's Gallery, London

Extramission 6
Gallery TPW


April 2 - April 30, 2011 Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm All exhibitions and events are free at Gallery TPW

Kim Simon, Curator

Gallery TPW
56 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

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Gallery TPW and the Images Festival are thrilled to co-present the North American premiere of UK based Lindsay Seers' stunning video installation Extramission 6. Poetically drawing on historical theories of vision, Seers creates complex personal narratives by interweaving concepts from science, philosophy and photographic theory into her ongoing investigation of how cinematic and photographic technologies shape us.

A quasi-documentary, Extramission 6 tells the story of Seers' life as an artist. As a child Seers did not speak. The hypothesis is that her silence was caused by a condition known as eidetic memory (photographic memory). She first spoke at the age of eight when she saw a photograph of herself, asking: 'Is that me?' Upon the onset of language her eidetic memory fades. This traumatic loss of memory led her to 'become' a camera; forming images by inserting pieces of light-sensitive paper into her mouth, using her lips as the shutter. This passive process of ingesting the world occupied her for many years. Eventually she gave up her life as a camera to 'become' a projector, emitting images in an act of extramission. The single channel projection is housed within a large cardboard model of the Black Maria, Thomas Edison's first film studio built in 1893. The building gestures towards a decisive moment in the development of photography into film.

Born in Mauritius and currently based in London, UK, Lindsay Seers has exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibition venues include the National Gallery of Denmark, 2010, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 2010, and aspex, Portsmouth, 2010. Recent group exhibitions include EFTERBILLEDER (Persistence of Vision) at Nikolaj Copenhangen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2010; Steps into the arcane, Kuntsmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland, 2010; Altermodern, 4th Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, 2009. In 2010, Seers was the recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists and in 2009 she won the Jarman Award. Lindsay Seers is represented by Matt's Gallery, London.

Lindsay Seers is co-presented by the Images Festival, March 31-April 9, 2011 and is generously supported by Partners in Art. Extramission 6 (Black Maria) is graciously on loan from Tate.