Public Studio: Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky
Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She was raised in Montreal and Jerusalem and holds both an MA in Critical Theory and an MFA from Rutgers University. Her work has been screened and exhibited at the Berlin International Film Festival, the MOMA and festivals and museums worldwide. Her most recent work includes: What Isn't There, an ongoing photo installation project that documents Palestinian Villages that no longer exist; Road Movie, an in-progress 12- screen installation on the Apartheid roads in Palestine; Bird on a Wire: A Five City Symphony, a dual screen projection and live music performance; and the award-winning feature documentary Zero Degrees of Separation. Flanders is a PhD candidate at York University where she also teaches.
Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. She was raised in Winnipeg and holds a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg and an M.Arch from the University of Manitoba. She has been working for the award-winning firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects since 1998, designing community centres and libraries. Most recently, she has been collaborating with Elle Flanders on What Isn't There, a photo installation project about Palestinian villages that cease to exist with the establishment of the State of Israel; Road Movie, an in-progress 12-screen installation on the Apartheid Roads of Palestine; and Road Shots, a series of still photographs with etched screens.