Header image: Rajni Perera, Storm, 2020, mixed media on marbled paper, 76.2 × 61 cm, James McKellar. Photo courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown © Rajni Perera
Rajni Perera: Futures
February 13 – May 10, 2024
Curated by Sarah Milroy
Rajni Perera is one of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists. Experimenting with mediums as varied as painting, sculpture and photography, the Toronto-based artist expresses her vision of imagined futures in which mutated subjects exist in dystopian realms. Drawing deeply on the artistic traditions of her birthplace, Sri Lanka, as well as Indian miniature painting, medieval armour and science fiction, Perera has created a body of work that spans feminist and diasporic themes, while contemplating survival in an environmentally degraded future. Perera’s work responds to existential threats with creativity and invention, offering a vision charged with humour and sharp critique, hope and dread. Underscored by current global affairs and accelerated climate change, Perera’s vision is as timely as it is compelling.
Futures includes works from all phases of the artist’s career, early examples of Perera’s mutated goddesses are displayed in concert with her more recent abstractions and sculptures.
This exhibition is organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with support from Canada Council for the Arts.
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