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McMichael exhibit Futures showcases work of artist Rajni Perera


The art of Rajni Perera, including the work above, I take a journey, you take a journey, we take a journey together, 2020, leather, trim, cotton, beads, metallic thread, beeralu lace, rubber gas mask, 25.4 × 22.9 × 17.8 cm, Paul and Mary Dailey Desmarais III, Photo: Nep Sidhu, will be on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection starting Nov. 18.
Rajni Perera is one of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists.
Art fans will have a chance to discover why for themselves when the McMichael Canadian Art Collection showcases Perera’s work during the exhibit Rajni Perera: Futures, from Nov. 18 to May 7, 2023.
“She explores issues of hybridity, futurity, ancestorship, immigration identity/cultures, monsters and dream worlds,” says gallery Patel Brown.

“In her work she seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of the icons and objects she creates, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. Thus creating a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.”

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, according to the McMichael’s website.

Early examples of Perera’s mutated goddesses will be displayed in concert with her more recent abstractions and sculptures.

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. Her 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 is curated by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy and includes works from all phases of the artist’s career, including new pieces made specifically for Perera’s McMichael exhibition.

There will be an Artist’s Talk on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the McMichael. The talk is free but you must register. Please click here to register.

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