LONDON — In Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret’s second solo exhibition, Zone, and her first at the London Simon Lee Gallery (November 23, 2016 – February 4, 2017), Perret creates interdisciplinary works that combine the languages of feminism, politics, theater, nature, religion and art history.
Above image: Mai-Thu Perret, Again this thousand-year-old eggplant root, 2016, Glazed ceramic, 28 7/10 × 28 7/10 × 2 inches. Offered by and images courtesy Simon Lee Gallery
Zone expands on Perret’s own fictional narrative The Crystal Frontier, which the artist has been writing since 1999. Perret’s writing follows a group of women who form a commune in the remote desert of southwestern New Mexico in an attempt to escape capitalism and patriarchal convention. Perret’s new body of work also draws on French avant-garde writer and feminist theorist Monique Wittig’s novel Les Guérillères (first published in 1969) that imagines a society run by a tribe of lesbian warrior women.
Wittig’s layered, interconnected style of writing and Dada collage techniques are referenced in the scale and range of works in the exhibition, reflecting Perret’s interest in formal strategies of disruption, dissonant elements and materials to explore different histories, political situations and how objects function within and influence the social systems they inhabit.
The exhibition’s title Zone can simultaneously refer to a meditative, mindful space and a war zone.
Text (edited) from Simon Lee. Objects offered by and images courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.
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