Glasgow International 2020

Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret (b. 1976, Geneva, Switzerland) is known for her multidisciplinary practice that engages feminist politics, literary texts and homemade crafts, alongside a range of 20th century avant-garde and radical art movements, from Constructivism and Dada to Bauhaus design.

Demonstrating an interest in Eastern religions, the occult and the natural world, Perret has described her practice as ‘more like a symphony than a single voice’, a notion supported by her fictional narrative, The Crystal Frontier, first realised by the artist in 1999. This ongoing chronicle follows the progress of a group of women who form an autonomous commune in the remote desert of South Western New Mexico in an attempt to escape the shackles of capitalism and patriarchal convention. Since its inception, Perret’s unique project has evolved across installation, performance, sculpture, textiles and the written word, all produced from the perspective of the commune’s members.

The artist’s interest in ancient civilisations and their ‘new age’ interpretation has seen the creation of invented relics, blending traditional, artisanal and spiritual practices with a postmodern aesthetic. Set within a context that is as much motivated by social and political principles, as it is by formal modes of art making, The Crystal Frontier gives rise to a critical questioning of personal and communal identities. Perret’s continually expanding fiction explores how both personalities and objects function within the cultural and social systems they inhabit, the nature of utopia, and the compelling power of revolution and ritual.

Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret, John Russell

Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror

Director's Programme

Cellular World is a group exhibition featuring works by nine different internationally renowned artists that introduces the key thematic concerns of this year’s Director’s Programme.

We live in a world where technology plays a large and changing role in everyday life. In an age of social media, most of us will have avatars – versions of ourselves – online, prompting us to question how we are represented and how we represent ourselves. At the same time, we are at a historical moment where the future frequently appears as a precipice between utopia and dystopia.

The works on show explore questions of identity and individual and collective consciousness at a time of prolific social change and uncertainty, when reality can often seem more like science fiction.

Curated by Richard Parry, Director, Glasgow International.

Includes works commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Glasgow Museums, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

Fri 20 April – Sun 7 October
Mon – Wed & Sat, 10am-5pm
Thu, 10am-8pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm

Performance by Sam Keogh:
Sat 21 April, 12pm

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