«Become Camera», a solo exhibition by emerging, Pittsburgh-based artist Samir Gangwani, is on view at Pittsburgh Filmmaker's Melwood Gallery (477 Melwood Ave in North Oakland) Dec 9, 2017 — Feb 9, 2018. An opening reception and performance will be held Saturday, December 9 from 6:30pm — 9:00pm and is free and open to the public. A second durational performance will occur 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.
Gangwani will debut a multi-channel video installation that will evolve over the course of his exhibition through performances using strategically-placed security cameras, Snapchat, and live and pre-recorded video. «Become Camera» invites the public to participate in these performances as both spectators and participants in an increasingly surveilled digital and physical world. Gangwani will be making physical and virtual appearances in the Melwood Screening Room and other locations in the Filmmakers’ building throughout the run of the show.
«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.
About the artist:
Originally from North Carolina, Samir Gangwani is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. His most recent performances have been presented at the Queens Museum, Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), Future Tenant, and the Woods Cooperative. Gangwani is an alumni of University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music and is currently pursuing a student-defined major at Carnegie Mellon University in Experimental Composition and Performance.