Vessna Perunovich | Shifting Shelter

WHEN: Thursday, September 12 and runs until Saturday, November 2, 2019. 

WHERE: Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts

AUArts’ Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) is pleased to announce Vessna Perunovich’s Shifting Shelter opens Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m. The exhibition 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.

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

About the artist

Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist whose work embraces painting, drawing, 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. Perunovich has exhibited extensively both in Canada and abroad. She took part in a number of international exhibitions including biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Portugal, Yugoslavia and Greece and attended the international residencies in Berlin, Bursa, Banff, New York and China. Her work was recently included in exhibitions at National Museum in Taiwan, Republic of China, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Vojvodina, Serbia, ArtYard, Frenchtown, USA, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada and Goethe Institute in Serbia.

About the curator 

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.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council 

Thursday, September 12, 2019 to Saturday, November 2, 2019
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts