Kaila Bhullar (She/They) is a second generation Indo-Chilean-Canadian experimental filmmaker + multimedia artist based in the stolen traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwəta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) tribes.
Largely informed by digitally-based art forms, Bhullar uses art-making as an introspective tool that explores various internal dispositions concerning identity and perception, including contemplations around the existential and political implications of images. As a queer and biracial individual, they are interested in analyzing cultural binaries and norms, where they use moving images and sound as a means to express the abstractions and tensions within these themes. Their inquiries often manifest as collages of varying forms, audiovisual works, and multimedia installations.
Recent exhibition and screening history includes Gallery Gachet, 2024; What Lab, 2024; The James Black Gallery, 2023; XINEMA, 2023; Audain Gallery, 2023; The Polygon Gallery, 2022; Massy Arts Gallery, 2022; UNIT/PITT, 2022; Surrey Art Gallery, 2022; and The Small File Media Festival, 2020. Current projects include video work on display with Gallery Gachet’s BIPOC New Media Screen, and a hybrid digital-physical work for an upcoming exhibition with Dirty Dishes Collective at Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON, in 2025. Bhullar holds a BFA in Visual Art with a Minor in Psychology from the School of Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University, and upon graduating (2023) was recipient of the CAG Prize and the Dr. Tashakkor Undergraduate Award in Contemporary Arts.

To Map Alongside Belonging -- BIPOC New Media Screen, Gallery Gachet, June 10 2024; launch event on June 9 at 7pm with VIFF + XINEMA (tickets available soon)
Queer Arts Festival Community Art Show, The James Black Gallery, June 17-29 2024; opening event June 17 7-10pm (free event)
Comfort Zone -- Dirty Dishes Collective (Hybrid Physical + Digital Exhibition), Whippersnapper Gallery, March 2025

MAC Sound Artist in Residence, Media Arts Committee [sound art residency; Dream Safely], 2023
Listen to Get a Plant?!


CAG Prize Residency, The Contemporary Art Gallery, 2024
Dream Safely, Audain Gallery, 2023
DissFunction of FUNKtion (POD Residency), The James Black Gallery [group residency + exhibition], 2023
I Spy…2022, UNIT/PITT [publicationonline exhibition], 2022-2023
Everyone is Happening Always, Audain Gallery, 2022
ARTS 2022 / Category 5 Transformation, Surrey Art Gallery & Arts Council of Surrey, 2022

SOFT TONGUES: A BIOACOUSTIC OPERA (Dir. Jami Reimer), Simon Fraser University, 2022
Withintensions, Vol. 2 ("Humour"), 2020; Vol. 13 ("Chance"), 2021; & Vol. 29 ("Technology"), 2022
Insider Series: Karin Jones, Burrard Arts Foundation, 2021
The Peak, 2019-2021

Photography by Scarlett Shirazi
Photography by Hailey Vanderveer, Editing by Kaila Bhullar 
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