Birch Contemporary

Sylvie Bélanger: A Trace of the Untraceable

Continuing in the stream of investigating and re-interpreting older works, Sylvie Belanger’s new work is a revisiting and reinterpretation of a 4 channel video installation originally presented in Japan. As with her previous exhibition; interpretations of modern masters works into new materials such as stainless steel, back-lit wall sculptures, Belanger reinterprets one of her own video installations as a series of photographs with a new original sound component.Sylvie Bélanger (born in 1951 in Le Gardeur, Québec, Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist using sound, video, photography and installation. Bélanger received an MFA from York University, a BFA from Concordia University and a Baccalauréat in Philosophy of Religion from Université de Montréal. She lives and works in Toronto and is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo. Before joining SUNY Buffalo, she taught at The University of Windsor, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Toronto/Sheridan College and Concordia University. Bélanger was the recipient of the Stauffer Prize, Each year the Canada Council designates up to three Canadian artists who have been awarded an individual arts grant, one in each of the fields of music, visual arts and literature, as winners of the Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes. Bélanger has received numerous professional grants from The Nuala Dresher Fellowship, the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the External Affairs of Canada.