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clay screen studio test winter 2019 from Andrea Pinheiro on Vimeo.
Studio test of 16mm film from the Trinity Nuclear Site in the Alamagordo Desert projected onto a small screen made of clay and roots.

Shattered basin, fired thing, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 2019Exhibition view from the side-1 from Andrea Pinheiro on Vimeo.
For this installation a 16 mm film of various nuclear and geologically significant sites across the Southwestern United States and Northern Ontario is projected onto a large screen made of clay and roots.
Pinheiro spent the past year travelling to and recording, and feeling at a number of powerful sites, such as the Petrified Forest in the Painted Desert of Northern Arizona, the Trinity Site in New Mexico, the Green River uranium mining area in Utah, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a temporary studio at the Montello Foundation in Nevada, the Goulais River in Northern Ontario, and the Nevada Test site, the US government’s nuclear testing ground which opened in 1950. Her filmic composition moves across the dried clay and roots that she collected from the Goulais River near her home. The sound editing for the film is comprised of layers gathered from Pinheiro's travels, (Iceland, the Azores, Nevada, the pond and river near her home, and archival footage of a nuclear test. Ultimately, this installation acts as a meditative passage through multiple landscapes of time.

This project was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


Shattered basin, fired thing, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 2019 from Andrea Pinheiro on Vimeo.

Shattered basin fired thing from Andrea Pinheiro on Vimeo.
The film portion of the installation.