Curriculum Vitae

Prav Pillay


108 Fraser Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Post Secondary and Continuing Education Teaching Experience

2017                Emily Carr University of Art and Design                      Vancouver/Comox, BC  

(upcoming)        Sessional Instructor/Course Designer

Community Projects)

(Shared Histories, Imagined Futures & The Cultures of Possibility:

A Canada-South Africa Co-production)

2016                Emily Carr University of Art and Design                      Vancouver/Comox, BC  

(present)        Sessional Instructor/Course Designer


2011-13        Langara College                                                      Vancouver, BC

                Co-designer/Instructor (Temp.)

2010-12         Hollyhock Educational and Retreat Centre                          Cortes Island, BC

                Workshop Co-designer/facilitator


2011                 Stanley Park Ecological Society~Emergent                               Vancouver, BC

Workshop Co-designer/facilitator


2005-06         University of Saskatchewan                                               Saskatoon, SK

Instructor/Course Designer


2007    Master of Fine Art - University of Saskatchewan, CA

2005         Introduction to University Teaching (non-credit), Gwenna Moss Teaching and

Learning Centre, University of Saskatchewan, CA

2003    Bachelor of Fine Art - Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, CA

1989         Master of Business Administration - McGill University, CA

1987    Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hons.) - McMaster University, CA

Scholarly Activity - Selected Publications, Talks, and Symposia

2017        Visual and Media Art Practice for the Omega Generation - Artist Talk,

(Upcoming) Salt Spring Art Council Artist Dialogues Initiative - Presenter

2016        Locating Ourselves Thought the Politics of Place, Culture, and Ecology - Artist Talk,

Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Comox, BC - Presenter

2015         Conceptual Art and Photography - Artist Talk,  Salt Spring Island Public Library,

Salt Spring Island, BC. - Presenter

2014        Stronger that Stone: Re-inventing Indigenous Monument, ACAD AB, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, SK - Participant

2008         afraid of what I could become Urban Shaman Contemporary Art Gallery, Winnipeg - Artist Talk, Presenter

2006         Samsara Unlimited: Towards and Ecology of Compassion; The Functioning Artist in the Carceral Society; Artistic Operations in the Formation of Contemporary Community; Indofuturism - College of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Saskatchewan – Author 

2005         Define Indian, OCAD/ECIAD/Gordon-Snelgrove Gallery (Univ. of Saskatchewan) - SAVAC/TRIBE - Panelist

Academic Awards, Distinctions and Extracurricular activities

Canada Council of the Arts

Travel Grant for Professional Media Artists (2008)


College of Graduate Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Graduate Scholarship (2004/05); Graduate Equity Merit Centennial Scholarship (2006); Elaine Barnhart Award (2006); Innovative ETD Award (2007); Innovative Learning through ETDs Award (2007)


Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Founding member, Collaborative Interactive; contributing writer, Influx Magazine, orientation panelist (Diversity for Foundation Students)

McMaster University

Founding chief editor, Agora: interdisciplinary arts and science journal


2015 -                ECUAD Faculty Association Member

2014 -                 Salt Spring Arts Council Member

2004-08         South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC)

Installations/Exhibitions/Live Performance works

2017-2018        Mirror Travelling                                                 Tulum, Yucatan, MX

(upcoming)        Tulum Art Club Gallery

Site based installation

                        Curator/Concept Artist in collaboration with local artists

2015-2016         Transformation in Earth and Stone                     Fort McMurray First Nation, AB

Collaborative community based ceremonial public art work

Collaboration with with Xwalacktun - Squamish Nation

2015-2016         Transformations                              Spirit Trail, Squamish First Nation, BC

Collaborative community based public art work

Collaboration with Aaron Nelson-Moody - Squamish Nation

2015                 Witness                     Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art, Salt Spring Island, BC

                        Solo Photographic installation


2014                 Witness-This Edge of Courage                                          Canada-wide

(ongoing)        Collaborative live projection performance

                Concept Artist and Producer

2014                 Wolf - Guerilla art interventions in contested spaces.                  Canada-wide

                 Network Collaborative Art

                        Concept Artist and Producer

2008                 Luna Nuova Aquatica                  Rainbow Road Pool, Salt Spring Island

Collaborative multimedia/audio immersive performance

Co-conceptualization, Co-producer


2006-2008         Afraid of what I could become                      The Urban Shaman, Winnipeg

                 Video/photo/print installation                             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Initial Concept, Co-producer & Video Editor

Collaboration with Sandra Semchuk, James NIcholas, Joys Dancer

2006                 Samsara Unlimited: Towards and Ecology of Compassion         Gordon-Snelgrove

MFA thesis exhibition                                                         Gallery, SK

Artist and Community Catalyst


2006                 Plane Language       Monsanto Agricultural Atrium, Univ. of Saskatchewan,SK

Site Specific Group Installation/Exhibition                                

Curator and Artist


2005                 Différance Engine (Narcissus Pool)                            Univ. of Saskatchewan, SK

MFA Open Studio

Integrated robotic AI with 2 channel video                                  

Concept Artist

Collaboration with graduate students from Human Computer Interaction Lab.

2005                 Indian Boyz (Define Indian)                                                 Canada-Wide

Performance art lectures with recorded and live feed mixed video

Collaboration with Adrian Stimson

2003-2005        Desire for Sale 

2003                 536 Talks to Pravin Pillay - Avatara                         Openspace Gallery, Victoria

Performing avatar with 536 Collective

2003                 Let Freedom Reign                                            World Social Forum, India

Digital image installation - Artist

2003                Liminal Lands - Art in Exile, Artropolis                              Vancouver, BC

                        Contributing Artist

2001                 Wind Sutra,  Burningman Festival,                            Blackrock Desert, NV USA

Site specific installation – Artist and Co-producer

Artist Residencies

2017-2018        Art Club Gallery                                                 Tulum, Yucatan, MX

(upcoming)        Artist in Residence

2014-2015        Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs                 Canada-wide


Artist and Community Strategist in Residence

Selected Reviews and Catalogues

2015         Witnessing Prav Review by Greg Klassen, Salt Spring Exchange

2014        Individuality Within Culture: Art by Prav Pillay Review by Dallas Jeffs, Artist-Run-Website

2008        Afraid of what I could become, Review by Cliff Eland, Akimblog

2004        Ruins and Civilization Provokes by Aventurina King, China Post Review 

2004         Ruins and Civilization Essay and Catalogue by Amy Huei Hua Cheng

2004        Troubling Utopia Review by Edward Picot, Hyperliterature Exchange

2003        [ESC]-Electronic Social Culture Catalogue, e-Artexte

Popular Culture Publications/Reviews

2011         How the Occupy Movement is Hacking Your Consciousness (Audio Interview/Article by Ian Mackenzie)

2011          Perceive like an Artist- think like an Ecologist – Act with Clarity and Wisdom: AN EMERGENT MANIFESTO OF EMERGENT DESIGN Emergent Design Solutions Blog - Author

2011         Brian Eno’s Illustrated Talk Vancouver Observer – Author

2010        Ideas on the move at TEDx Vancouver; “the Digital Narrative” at Emily Carr explore storytelling in the digital age Vancouver Observer - Author 

2003   Rice Paper Magazine, Vancouver, article: Zen, Art, and the Web as a Reality Altering Technology - Author


Community Service

Upcoming -        Power of Hope (Arts Based Youth Empowerment), Board Member

2016 -                Salt Spring Arts Council - advisor/connector - Artist Dialogues Initiatives

2014 -                 Indigeneyez (Arts Based Education), Advisor to co-founder Kim Haxton

2014 -                Artist in The Classroom, Salt Spring Arts Council

2013 -                 Traditional Medicine Healing Garden (Democratic Republic of Congo), Advisor

2009 -                 DreamRider Theatre,  Advisor        

2011 -  2013        Salt Spring Aikido, Founding Board Member

2010 -         2011        Pandora Strategic Media Initiative, Founder and Project Coordinator

2010 - 2012        Power of Hope, Advisor

2010 - 2011        Salt Spring Digital, Founding Member

2008                Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Site Coordinator (Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden)

2004                Sri Ram Children’s Ashram (India), Yoga Instructor/Medical Assistant

2002 -  2004        Spring Center Annual Summer Retreat: Children’s Art, Yoga & Ecology,

 Program Leader/team member    

2000                Yoga in the Park, Yoga Teacher

2000                   Witness Program, Yoga Teacher,  Elaho, Squamish Nation, BC