"Generally, I am interested in ideas of the real and illusory, which evolves through research of actual and fictional moments - through literature, storytelling and documented events. In the construction of these artworks, I attempt to construct an atmosphere that somehow evokes another reality through the use of sculpture, photographic processes, sound, video, and performance.”
Janet Bellotto is an artist, writer and sculptor who was born in Toronto, Canada but now resides in Dubai. After graduating from the Sculpture/Installation program at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, she moved to Concordia University, Montreal, where she obtained her MFA. She has initiated various artist collectives both in Toronto and Montreal: yellowhat (Toronto), Ramble (Montreal), Fresh Air (Toronto), and Sonnet Projects. The purpose of these collectives has been mostly based to produce site-specific work or use spaces outside of gallery walls. In 2005 Bellotto was Managing Editor of Impulse Archaeology and since 2006 has been working as an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Dubai.
Bellotto’s works incorporate multiple artistic mediums including sculpture, installations, photography, video and performance. Bellotto also likes to engage in projects which help to promote cultural exchange. As well as being the artistic director for the 20th International Symposium for Electronic Art, Bellotto has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. She has also been the curator in a large number of projects across these areas.
Bellotto has won a number of awards and grants since 2000 and as well as publishing a number of articles in both written and spoken medium.
Selected Group Exhibition
I’M AN EYE, A MECHANICAL EYE
14/05/2019 - 05/07/2019
‘I’m an Eye, A Mechanical Eye’ takes its title from the avant-garde filmmaker Dziga Vertov’s writings. For the director of ‘Man with the Movie Camera’ (1929), the camera is an extension of the human eye yet at times excels it. One who holds the camera then becomes a cyborg, reminiscent of our contemporary relationship with the mobile phone cameras. Whatever the eye of the cameraman chooses to see, the machine documents. The selection and montage that the camera allows for helping create new narratives and even realities.
Janet Bellotto uses the camera to create fictional narratives inspired by her ongoing research around ‘water’, both in photography, Transcribing the Impermeable Wall, 2013 and video, The Slow Decline, 2013. The camera and thus the viewer are retained in flux, almost like mimesis of water.