Mai-Thu Perret, ‘Untitled’, 2014, Whitechapel Gallery

Originally studying English Literature at Cambridge University, Perret works against an extensive backdrop of art historical and literary inspirations and drawing from this vast catalogue of influences, Perret addresses sustained narratives which revolve around ideas of feminism, modern utopias and the consumption of art and literature. An ongoing project, The Crystal Frontier, creates a fictional female Utopia, with artifacts, products and writings from this Utopian reality represented as works for exhibition. In creating a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary work such as this, Perret brings ideas of feminism, capitalism and equality to a new understanding and so doing echoes the work of Hannah Hoch.

Mai-Thu Perret continues to live and work in her place of birth, Geneva, Switzerland. She has an upcoming show at the Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland, with recent solo shows having taken place at the Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (2012), Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2011), the David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2011) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008). Past group exhibitions have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2013), Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2012), Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (2012), and the Venice Biennale (2011). Perret won both the Zurich Art Prize, and the Manor Cultural Prize in 2011.

About Mai-Thu Perret

Citing influences such as utopian feminist literature, art theory, Russian Constructivism, and the Arts & Crafts movement, Mai-Thu Perret’s diverse body of work encompasses sculpture, painting, video, and installation. Since 1999, Perret has worked on a series called "The Crystal Frontier," which documents her participation in a women’s commune based in New Mexico. Through diary entries, abstract paintings, and artisanal objects, Perret constructs a piecemeal narrative describing life at the commune. By focusing on the fragment as a narrative device, Perret invokes the pastiche technique employed in postmodern literature and demonstrates her interest in the structure of language. Her relationship with language and narrative is epitomized in text works such as Society is a Hole (2009), in which ambiguous musings are spelled out in bright pink lettering, inviting the viewer to fill in the gaps in the implied narrative.

Swiss, b. 1976, Geneva, Switzerland, based in Geneva, Switzerland

Solo Shows

Geneva, Switzerland,
Mai-Thu Perret

Group Shows

St. Moritz,
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), 
Glasgow, UK,
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror
Le Consortium, 
Dijon, France,
The World as Will and Wallpaper
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