Shifting Shelter
Vessna Perunovich

Curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora

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.

Perunovich teaches us 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.

Perunovich’s 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-Mora 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.

Image: Shifting Shelter, 2017 (installation detail)


Exhibition Dates

Sept 12 – Nov 2, 2019

Opening Reception

Thursday Sept 12 
5 PM – 8 PM

Gallery Hours

Tues – Fri, 12 – 6 PM
Sat, 12 – 4 PM

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council 



Public Programs

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All programs are free and open to the public