Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky
about the artists
Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker and artist Elle Flanders and architect and artist Tamira Sawatzky. Since 2009, their collective practice has employed a diverse range of media resulting in large-scale public art works, films, immersive installations, lens-based works and socially engaged projects. Public Studio was founded with the intent of exploring antagonisms that occur in and around public space and its disappearance; current instabilities; and the effects of globalization on our everyday landscapes.
Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She was raised in Montreal and Jerusalem and holds a PhD in Visual Arts. She is an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program where she mentored with Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler.
Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. After working for the award-winning firm MJM Architects, she founded her independent practice, Public Studio Architecture.
Together their work has screened and exhibited internationally including: the Museum of Modern Art; Berlin International Film Festival; The Toronto International Film Festival, the MOCCA and the Incheon Biennial.
- Solo Exhibition: Under the Last Sky, September 12 – October 11, 2013
- Solo Exhibition: Road Shots, March 17 – April 21, 2012
- June , 2014: World Pride Art Exhibits showcase Celebration, solidarity and loss , Heather Loney, Global News
- June, 2014: Ward 27 Launches Full Spectrum , Ward 27 News
- 2014: Work featured in Art & Power: How Culture Changes, Lord, Barry. Chicago: AAM Press, 2014/li>
- April, 2013: My House: Street Smarts, Dwell Magazine
- May 9, 2013: Winners Announced for Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Awards, Canadian Art Online
- October 10, 2013: Public Studio's Latest Brings Drone Warfare Back Home, Bryne McLaughlin, Canadian Art Online
- July 7, 2012: Which Side Are You On?, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Uptown Magazine
- July 2012: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky: Road Movie, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
- April 7, 2012: Recommended mention, RM Vaughan for The Globe and Mail
- March 2012: On Now >> Road Shots @ O'Born Contemporary, Heather White for ArtSync
- September 9, 2011: At the Galleries: TIFF-Related Shows, Leah Sandals for The National Post
- September 8, 2011: Road Pic Power, Fran Schechter for Now Toronto