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Curated by Gallery Assistant Karly Boileau, Collection Connections is a new program that creates dialogue between current exhibitions and Cambridge Art Galleries' permanent collection of contemporary fibre art.
Drawn from our collection, Vessna Perunovich's 2004 work Safe At Home is currently on view on the first floor of Queen's Square near the self-check desks. In this work, Perunovich has used elasticized thread to create an image of a house as a way to illustrate how boundaries and identities are flexible and can change. You'll find this and other shared themes in the exhibition Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau: Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black, on view at Queen's Square Gallery through April 17, 2021. We invite you to visit both installations and think about the similarities and differences between them, and about your own experiences.
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Looking for more ways to connect with Safe At Home? Check out the Safe At Home reading list, which explores different themes related to Vessna's work.
Vessna Perunovich is a Serbian-born, Toronto-based, internationally acclaimed, interdisciplinary artist whose work embraces performance, video, sculpture, painting, and drawing. Vessna Perunovich works with issues around home, displacement, the notions of mobility, and boundaries. Born and educated in the Former Yugoslavia, Perunovich moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 1980s. Perunovich's work constantly brings to forefront her own position on the borders of identity in its multiple formations (social, political, personal, cultural, and so on). Her artistic practice reflects the multifaceted nature of her diasporic experience; it is interdisciplinary, performative, and often transitory in form and content. The artist's body and her personal experiences are always the point of reference for an aesthetic that operates intuitively, and a practice that challenges one's capability to move beyond barriers imposed by spaces, institutions, ideologies, or the body's own limitations.
More recently, Perunovich has shown her work at Havana Biennial in Cuba as part of "Ad Infinitum" exhibition; ArtYard, Frenchtown, New Jersey, USA as part of the group exhibition "Bedlam & Balance"; at A.J. Wallace Gallery in New York as part of a performance group project, "Transparent Travel"; and at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung City, Taiwan, Republic of China as part of Cargo East exhibition - a survey of contemporary Serbian art. Recent shows also include "Shifting Shelter" at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary; "Life Bearings" at Georgia Sherman Art Projects, Toronto; "Blood" at the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; "Line Rituals and Radial Knitting" at the Art Gallery of Guelph, Ontario; "Neither Here Nor There" at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario; and "Border Stitching" at the Oboro, Montreal, Quebec.
Perunovich has exhibited at international biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Venice, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Greece and has attended residencies in Berlin (Germany), Banff (Canada), Bursa and Istanbul (Turkey), New York (USA), Beijing (China), and Zejtun (Malta). Her survey exhibitions Borderless and Emblems of Enigma toured prestigious galleries and museums across Canada and in Europe. Exhibiting venues in Europe include: Museum of Contemporary Art (Republic of Srpska); Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Museum of Contemporary Art (Novi Sad, Serbia); and Cultural Centre of Belgrade (Serbia). In Canada, Perunovich has show her work at the Art Gallery of Mississauga; Cambridge Art Galleries; Art Gallery of Hamilton; Art Gallery of Peterborough; Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery; The Canadian Textile Museum; A Space; VU Centre; Tom Thomson Gallery; Occurrence and others.