© Vessna Perunovich

Seamless Crossings

Vessna Perunovich (Toronto)

January 16th - February 15th, 2014


January 16th – February 15th, 2014

The exhibition Seamless Crossings consists of a series of media works that reflect on the theme of physical barriers. Through materials such as elastic, thread and string, she reproduces walls and fences, both solid and malleable, making reference to female labour and to handicrafts. The interplay between craft and construction reflects a renegotiation of traditional gender roles as defined by her Serbian heritage. Her stance as a woman artist positioned in-between traditions and homelands is renegotiated through what Perunovich refers to as ‘parallel rituals with thread’. Her work is an attempt to stitch together the chasm between traditional and fine arts while also challenging notions of solidity, enclosure and division.

The multidisciplinary artist Vessna Perunovich was born and raised in a country that no longer exists: Yugoslavia. Her artistic practice sums up an itinerary in which crossing borders is part of her personal life and of the uprooting necessary to her work, which includes installation, video, performance, painting and sculpture. She has been exhibited widely across Canada, United States, Europe and South America. Her video installations (W)hole and House of Exile can be found in the collections of the Berardo Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Portugal and the National Arts Gallery in Albania.

« (…) Perunovich adapts traditionally gender-specific activities such as knitting and sewing that would appear to perpetuate female stereotypes; she also challenges them through her ironic presentations of permeable barriers and fluid borders. » – CANADIAN ART

Vernissage : Thursday January 16th – 5p.m.

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