Alberta University of the Arts’ Illingworth Kerr Gallery presents Shifting Shelter by artist Vessna Perunovich

The exhibition, curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora, opens Thursday, September 12 and runs until Saturday, November 2, 2019. Photo c/o IKG and the artist

Calgary, AB. – AUArts’ Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) is pleased to announce Vessna Perunovich’s Shifting Shelter opening at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m. Shifting Shelter establishes a thoughtful introduction to the politics of transcultural migrations in the oscillating global system, at a crossroads where displacement manifests itself as one of the predominant geopolitical characteristics of living generations. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, September 12 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Perunovich teaches how to confront a place in our lifetime where past, present and future have lapsed, understanding the phenomenon of migration as a continuous and dynamic line of destabilization, of rooting and uprooting, which manifest a need to link past with the current. Her reflections on her own life and the human condition universally, attempt to counteract and resist the setbacks of the present and offer a key contribution to discourses related to cross-cultural migrations.

Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist whose work embraces painting, drawing, performance, sculpture, video, performance and installation. Vessna Perunovich works with issues around home, displacement, identity, the notions of mobility and boundaries. Born and educated in Former Yugoslavia, Perunovich moved to Toronto Canada in the late 1980s. 

Magda Gonzalez is an Independent Curator, Art Critic and Consultant based in Toronto, Canada. Magda was a founder of Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre in 1984, developing her career as a member of the founding curatorial team of the Havana Biennale for over 16 years. She was a co-curator for the 1st Johannesburg Biennale in 1998 and the Dakar Biennale, 1992. She has been a curator for the Sherritt International Collection of Contemporary Cuban Art of the Art Gallery of Ontario, AGO, since 2007 and most recently, the Guest Chief Curator of ArtYard in Frenchtown, NJ.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, November 2, 2019. Shifting Shelter is curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora and generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.


For more information please contact:

Steven Hodges, Community Engagement Strategist, Alberta University of the Arts 
t. 403.284.7656 c. 403.464.5183 e.

Marion Garden, Director, Communications & Marketing, Alberta University of the Arts 
t. 403.284.7643 c. 403.585.8114 e. 

About Illingworth Kerr Gallery

The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), as part of Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), provides a platform for curated exhibitions and other forms of cultural research production, with a focus on contemporary visual culture. A vital part of AUArts’ Office of Research and Academic Affairs, it supports graduate and undergraduate learning, provides a rich mix of public programming, and participates in global dialogue by hosting local, regional and international artists working in a variety of disciplines.

The IKG acknowledges that both the gallery and AUArts are situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

About Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts)

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and
risk takers.

We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us and implores us to see the world differently.

Formerly Alberta College of Art and Design, we are dedicated to innovative and emerging art, craft and design programs. For nearly 100 years, AUArts has educated in ways that test the boundaries of common thought and we celebrate 11 Governor General’s Award winners amongst our faculty and alumni.

Alberta University of the Arts has five Schools of learning: Visual Art, Craft and Emerging Media, Communication Design, and Critical and Creative Studies offering undergraduate BFA and BDes degrees, and a graduate MFA, plus the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development. Our studio-based education model introduces learners to a community of passionate minds, provocative thinkers, ambitious doers and brave creators.