(W)hole/House in Exile

Vessna Perunovich

A Space Main Gallery

April 2 – May 1, 2004

Copresented by: Images Festival

Presented as part of the 17th Annual Images Festival, April 15 - 24, 2004

For more information: www.imagesfestival.com

(W)hole/House in Exile simultaneously embodies danger and desire, fragility and resilience. The sculptural component of the installation resembling a cage-like house, constructed of elastic, plays with the notion of entrapment and the video projection takes the audience on a journey. The viewer is lured to enter the house, a space between borders, wherein resides the dichotomy of home as protection and imprisonment. The video imagery reflects on the cycle of life, while the structure of the house mediates our experience in the space bringing awareness to our compulsion for order. (W)hole/House in Exile was recently acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art in Cerveira, Portugal and National Gallery in Tirana, Albania.


Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto based visual artist who works in a variety of media ranging from painting and installation to video and performance. She has more than 50 solo and group exhibitions to her credit. Her most recent ongoing traveling performance project, Transitory Places, created initially for the Visualeyez Performance Festival in Edmonton, was performed at the Tate Modern in London, England, Ponte de Academia in Venice, Italy, the Tower of Belem in Lisbon, Portugal and at Malacon in Havana, Cuba in 2003. Her work was shown at the Second Tirana Biennial, in Tirana, Albania, XII International Art Biennial of Cerveira, in Portugal , IV International Cetinje Art Biennial, in Yugoslavia, the 8th Havana Biennial in Cuba Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, Galerie Verticale, Montreal, Hamilton Artists Inc., and others. Perunovich’s work has been reviewed in World Sculpture Magazine, Canadian Art, Espace Sculpture, Flash Art, Vie Des Arts, Mix Magazine, C Magazine, and most recently Border Crossings.