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VESSNA PERUNOVICH                                        CV                    




1985-1987       Academy of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia: MFA

1979-1984       Academy of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia: BFA




2023                Home Paradigm: A New Place of Belonging, MSUB Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade,

                        Gallery-Legacy Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković, Belrade Serbia

                        Home Paradigm, Terra Museum (Salon), Kikinda, Serbia

                        Home & Belonging, Small Salon of Visual Arts, Cultual Center Novi Sad Serbia

2022                Home Fragments, In-situ residency and exhibition, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Quebec

                        Here. In Absence, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo Ontario

2021                Fragments of a Whole, Contemporary Art Gallery Zrenjanin and Contemorary Art Gallery Pancevo, Serbia

2019                Shifting Shelter, Goethe Institute Belgrade Serbia

                        Shifting Shelter, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary Alberta

2018                Not My Story, Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario

                        Shifting Shelter, Gallery Stratford, Stratford Ontario

                        Far Away, So Close, Performance project, FAT Fashion Art Toronto

2017                Shifting Shelter, Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario

2016                Politics of Movement, Center of Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro

                        Politics of Movement, City Gallery Petković, Subotica Serbia

                        Politics of Movement, Remont Art Association, Belgrade Serbia

2015                Mending Broken China, Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario

                        Nothing to Wear, Performance project, FAT Fashion Art Toronto

                        Seamless Crossings, Quebec tour: Atelier Silex, R3 University Gallery, Trois Rivieres

                        Border Stitching, Oboro, Montreal, Quebec

2014                Seamless Crossings, MAI (Montreal Arts Intercultural), Montreal Quebec

2013                Neither Here Nor There, touring exhibition Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Ontario

                        STILLS: Moments of Extreme Consequence, Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario

                        Line Rituals & Radical Knitting, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph Ontario

2012                I Hug the World and the World Hugs Me Back, ongoing traveling performance project,

                        New York USA

                        Border Stitching, Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague, Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec

                        Neither Here Nor There, Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

2011                Borderless, touring survey exhibition in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina: Museum of Contemporary Art      

                        Novi Sad Serbia; Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka B&H; Nadežda Petrović          

                        Memorial Gallery, Čačak Serbia and Gallery of Contemporary Finel Arts, Niš Serbia    

2010                Swing, Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario

                        Borderless, touring survey exhibition: The Cultural Center of Belgrade and Gallery Belgrade, Serbia

                        On Exhibit, Paul Petro Special Projects Space, Toronto Ontario

2009                Displacement, multidisciplinary dance performance, Harbourfront Fleck Theatre,

                        Toronto Ontario

                        Exile, The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre, Hamilton Ontario

                        Emblems of the Enigma, a mid-carrier survey touring exhibition curated by Donald Brackett

                        Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia

                        Emblems of the Enigma, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC

2008                Transitory Places, Occurrence Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

                        Borderless, Stride Gallery, Calgary Alberta

                        Emblems of the Enigma, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge,

                        Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga and Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

2007                Midnight Mirage, performance Nuit Blanche, Toronto Ontario

                        Displacement, multidisciplinary dance project Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Ontario

                        A Sudden Appearance of Many Marys, performance at TIAF, Toronto Ontario

                        Emblems of the Enigma, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough Ontario



                        GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2023                Sculpture after Sculpture, Cazarma U, Timisoara, Romania , curated by Sava Stepanov

2022                Imperfect World, Salamander, coinciding with Art Basel Miami Art Fair, curated by Magda                                                                               Gonzalez--Mora and Yudinela Ortega, Miami, USA

                        On the Road to Freedom, Feminist Avant-Garde, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia curated by

                        Sanja Koić Mladenov

                        Photography in the Extended Field, Museum Bitola, Magaza, North Macedonia, curated by Svetlana Mladenov

2020-2021       Flux Identity, Canadian artist in conversation with the artist from Western Balkans,

                        curated by Svetlana Mladenov, National Gallery of Skoplje, North Macedonia

2020                Destruction and Recovery, critic’s choice, Cultural Centre Belgrade, Serbia, curated by Sanja Kojic Mladenov, four                                       persons show with Segalit Landau, Selma Selman, Ana Vujić

2019                Ad Infinitum, Arsenal Habana, curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora, 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba

                        Perceptions, British Council in collaboration with 5 art institutions from the Western Balkan countries

                        My Art is My Reality, Risk Change European Union project, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Serbia

                        Cafka Biennial, Walper Hotel exhibition, curated by Gordon Hutt, Kitchener Ontario

                        Flux Identity, a touring exhibition of selected Canadian artists, Rajko Mamuzić Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia

2018                Art Flux, DLUL, Association of Fine Art gallery, Ljubljana Slovenia, curated by Svetlana Mladenov

                        My Art is My Reality, Risk Change European Union project, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mali Salon,                                      Rijeka, Croatia, curated by Sanja Kojic Mladenov

                        We are not Speaking but the Silence is Killing Us, Navigator, curated by Mia David

                        ON DESIRE: B3 Biennale of Moving Image, Frankfurt Germany, curated by Carol Weinbaum                                       

2018                Risk Change, MIG 21, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad Serbia curated by   

                        Nina Anger, Peter Tomaz Dobrila, and Sanja Kojic Mladenov

2016/17           Bedlam & Balance, ArtYard, Frenchtown, New Jersey, USA, curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora 

2016                Life Bearings, Georgia Sherman Projects, Toronto Ontario, curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora

                        This Could Be the Place, UWAG, Waterloo, Ontario, curated by Ivan Jurakic and

                        Bojana Videkanić

                        Transparent Travel, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Besnik Haxhillari and Flutura Preka

2015                Transparent Travel, R3 University Gallery, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Canada

                        Cargo East, touring exhibition organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina : Cultural  Centre K13 Kosice,                                       Slovakia, Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka,

                        Sensing Realities, B-312 Gallery Montreal (exchange project with Remont Gallery, Belgrade Serbia

2014                Cargo East, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung City, Taiwan, Republic of China

                        The Map and the Territory: Ontological Boundaries, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing China

                        Open Studio, Red Gate Residency, Beijing China

                        Memory of Violence and Dreams of the Future, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad and The Goethe                                 Institute of Belgrade Serbia, curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov

                        Three Shades of Red, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (touring exhibition: Contemporary Art Gallery of                                   Zrenjanin and Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica, Serbia

                        Linija Nova, Youth House Gallery, Belgrade Serbia, curated by Svetlana Mladenov

                        Danube Dialogues, international exhibition of contemporary art - countries from the Danube region,

                        Novi Sad Serbia, curated by Sunčica Lambić Fenjčev

 2013               Superabstraction, Angel Gallery, Toronto Ontario

                        Flux Likvida, Watercolor Biennial, National Museum of Zrenjanin, Serbia, curated by

                        Sanja Kojić Mladenov 

 2012/13          Blood, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava Slovakia

 2012               NETWorks, Open Studios ISCP Residency New York, NY US

 2011               Open Ended, TH&B2, Hamilton Ontario

                        Borderline, performance Grimm Museum, Berlin Germany

 2010               Some Enchanted Evenings, curated by Fern Bayer, Nuit Blanche 5-year Retrospective, Scotia Plaza, Toronto Ontario

                        What Remains, Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

                        Home Sweet Home, video Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin Germany

 2009               Souvenir, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanian, Berlin Germany  

 2008               Open Studios, GlogauAIR Residency, Berlin Germany

                        Sound Proof, E:vent Gallery, London UK  

                        Library-Open Balkan Book, Colegium Publicum, Sarajevo Bosnia

 2006               Viva, International Performance Festival, Montreal Quebec

                        Placed, York Quay Gallery, Toronto Ontario



                         GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCES

2024               Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Abroad Circulating and Touring

2023               Ontario Art Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant (also in 2022, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014-2002)

2022               Toronto Arts Council Project Grant-Established Artists (also in 2020, 2018, 2012, 2010, 2007)

                       Ontario Arts Council Project Grant-Established Artists (also in 2020, 2018, 2010)

2020               Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant- Established Artists (also in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2008)

                       Canada Council for the Arts-Digital Originals

2019               Ontario Arts Council-Chalmers Fellowship Grant

                        Ontario Arts Council-International Touring Grant

                        Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant (also in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012,11,10, 07, 03, 01)

 2018/19          Canada Council for the Arts-Explore and Create, two-year Project Grant

 2017               Canada Council for the Arts-Arts Abroad Residency program Zejtun Malta

 2013               Ontario Arts Council International Residencies Grant (also in 2010 and 2009)

 2012               ISCP, International Studio and Curatorial Residency, New York USA

 2011               Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Professional Development Grant

 2010               Ontario Arts Council, International Touring Grant, Borderless, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina



                          PUBLICATIONS / REVIWES / INTERVIWS


 2023                 Ćuk. Aleksandra, interview: “The Whole World is Mine”, Danas, April 18th

                          Milosavljević. Vesna, 60-min. guided exhibition tour with Miroslav Karić on SeeCult platform

                          Milić. Sanja, RTS Beograd 30-min TV program: “Do Detalja” (To the detail)

                          Dimitrijević. Maja, Interview “To Belong Everywhere and Nowhere”, Politika, interview

                          Ristović. Sava, “Znakovi” Radio 2, 50-min. interview

                          Jafali. Ivon, TV K1 “Today at Ivon”, interview, March 8th

                          Marković. Nikola, “Only one second is needed to annul a life” Interview, March, 6th  

                          Tucaković. Maja, Interview, RTS Cultural journal, February 24th

                          Ognjenović. Tamara, N1 interview, March 17th

                          SeeCult. Exhibition announcement, March 17th

                          Vajb Magazine. Home Paradigm: A New Place of Belonging, February 17th

 2023                 BLIC Magazine. interview, March 9th

                          BURO247.RS Must See exhibition, Vessna Perunovich in Gallery-Legacy Z / Č, February 28th

                 Exhibition announscment, February 28th                                 

 2021                 Ćikul. Ljiljana, The Metaphor of a Broken Plate, Politika, August 22nd

                          Rajić. Aleksandra, Interview, exhibition Fragments of a Whole, Radio Novi Sad 1

 2020                 Interview for portal coinciding with 30 th Nadežda Petrović Memorial Biennial exhibition

 2019                 “Vessna Perunovich - Shifting Shelter “at IGK Alberta University,

                           Editorial Pick- Canadian Art, Fall issue        

                          “Dialogue with Vessna Perunovich”, Gallery "Exchange office", Goethe-Institut, Belgrade, Serbia.

                           Cantó . H Lorena ,"Ad Infinitum": The Havana Biennial has a woman's face, La Vanguardia , 15 / 04 /2019

                           Ćikul, Ljiljana, “Shifting Shelter by Vessna Perunovich” at the Goethe Institute, Politika, June 30th

 2018                  Flajsig, Maja, “Making the Borders Visible –My Art is My Reality” Nov. 26th

 2017                  Molina. Alexis, “Vessna Perunovich: Shifting Shelter” at Angell Gallery, ArtToronto, March 27th

 2016                  “Vessna Perunovich: Impermanent Structures”, intro Era21 architecture magazine, spring issue

 2016                   Zeoli. Vanessa. ”Life Bearings/Georgia Sherman Projects”, ArtToronto, September 20th

                            Mora-Magda. Gonzalez, “Life Bearings”, exhibition essay, Georgia Sherman Projects      

                            Bellanoti. Ralhp J, ”A Catalyst for community: Ambitious art enterprise arrives in Frenchtown”,

                            "In my Jersey", December 22nd

 2015                   Boissonnet. Philippe, “Vessna Perunovich, La Pénélope des Lines et des Limites”,

                            in Espace Art Actuel, fall

 2015                   Carson-Apstein. Emily, “Softening the Borders”, in Fringe Art-The Link

                            Concordia’s Art Magazine, Feb. 9th, 2015

 2014                   Ćinkul. Ljiljana, “Of Color, Shapes and Feelings” in Politika: Sunday, July 20th

                            Dimitrijević. M, “ Three Shades of Red” in Politika, Monday, July 14th

 2013                   Hajdin. Nives, “ Vessna Perunovich Moves Beyond The Walls” in Canadian Art: February 22nd                                                                      Jager. David, “Primal Perunovich” in Now Magazine. Toronto, ON: Thursday, January 31st

                            Owen. Dawn, “Art as Process” catalogue essay for Line Rituals & Radical Knitting.

                            60 pages, color. ISBN: 978-1-926875-01-9

 2011                   Vučičević. Žana, “Transitory Places”, catalogue essay for Borderless, 120 pages, color.


                            Hansen.Michael, Opening: “Vessna Perunovich:Swing” in ArtSync Rogers, Toronto,ON: January 14th

                            Ćinkul, Ljiljana. “Borders inside and around us” in Belgrade, Serbia: Thursday, June 10th

                            Marinković. Ana, “Borders and Freedom” interview in Politika. Belgrade, Serbia: Monday, May 31st

                            Videlkanić. Bojana, “Open Ended” catalogue essay in Borderless. Belgrade, Serbia

                            Jafali, Ivon. “Still Awake with Ivon: "Vessna Perunovich” interview for TV Studio B. Belgrade, Serbia: Tuesday, June 25th

 2009                   Dault, Meredith.”Vessna Perunovich” in Border Crossings. Winnipeg, MB: Winter 2009/10

                            Dault, Meredith. “Vessna Perunovich’s Tight Squeeze”, in The Cost. Halifax, NS: July 2nd

                            Priegert, Portia. “Show Runs Between Visceral, Ethereal” in eVENT. Kelowna, BC: Wednesday, September 9th

                            Wylie, Liz. “Perunovich’s Connecting Threads Emerge” in Kelowna Capital News. Kelowna, BC:

                            Wednesday, August 26th

 2008                   Tousley, Nancy. “The Natures of Borders” in Calgary Herald. Calgary, AB: Sunday, May 4th

                            Brackett, Donald. “Emblems of the Enigma: The Art of Vessna Perunovich”, catalogue essay,

                            212 pages, color. ISBN: 978-0-0735085-2-9

                            Black, Anthea. “Daring Actions”, Calgary’s News & Entertainment Weekly, Calgary, AB: April 10th




 2023                  Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Gallery-Legacy Zorić / Čolaković, artist presentation, catalogue launch

 2022                  La Chambre Blanche-Home Fragments, open studio public presentation and artist talk, Quebec City, Quebec

                           University of Waterloo Art Gallery - Here. In Absence, Zoom in conversation with Bojana Videkanić,

                           Q&A and panel discussion  with students

 2019                  University of Calgary, Illingworth Kerr Gallery- artist talk and exhibition tour presentation, Calgary Alberta

                           Goethe Institute Belgrade, panel discussion, Belgrade Serbia

                           Art Gallery of Hamilton-Speaking for herself – panel discussion with Tobi Bruce, senior curator at AGH

 2016                  University of Waterloo Art Gallery-This Could Be the Place, Symposium, Waterloo Ontario

 2015                  Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina- Transparent Travel Art project presentation, Novi Sad Serbia

 2015                  University of Fine Arts R3 - Art Presentation and round table discussion: On Movement and Displacement,

                           R3 Gallery, Trois Rivieres Quebec

 2015                  B-312 Gallery - Art presentation and Colloquium, Identity: Dispossession and Commitment, Montreal Quebec

 2005-19             FAT Fashion Art Toronto- multi-disciplinary fashion and art Festival, Artistic Director, Toronto Ontario

 2014                  Contemporary Art Gallery of Subotica - Round table discussion; Artist as a Nomad, Subotica Serbia

 2005-11             Ontario College of Art and Design- sessional instructor, Toronto Ontario

 2010                  OCADU Craft Talks Lecture series, presentation on [FAT] Fashion Art Toronto, Toronto Ontario

 2006                  International Artists’ Presentation, Higher Institute of Arts, Havana Cuba

                           Ontario College of Art and Design - Guest lecturer, Toronto Ontario

 2004                  Banff Centre for the Arts-Artists presentation: Informal Architectures Symposium, Banff Alberta

                           University of Guelph- Guest lecturer, Guelph Ontario





                           Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade MSUB / MoCAB Belgrade Serbia

                           Museum of the Victims of Genocide, Belgrade Serbia

                           US Embassy Belgrade, Art in Embassies Collection, Belgrade Serbia                                                                                   

                           Art Gallery of Guelph, Ontario Canada

                           Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Ontario Canada                                                                                                                                                Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario Canada

                           Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad Serbia

                           Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina                                                                                    Cultural Center Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia                                   

                            Nadežda Petrović Memorial Gallery, Čačak Serbia

                            Ečka Collection, contemporary Art Gallery Zrenjanin Serbia

                            Museum of Contemporary Art, Villa Nova de Cerveira, Portugal                       

                            National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania

                            Cambridge Galleries- Idea Exchange, Fiber art Collection, Cambridge, Ontario Canada

                            Alkan, Canada Art Collection, Canada

                            Works in private collections in Canada, Serbia, China and the USA




                          Exhibition Catalogue - Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Belgrade Serbia; 148 pages, color. Critical essay by:                                  Miroslav Karić- exhibition curator; accompanying essays by Magda Gonzalez-Mora, Corinna Ghaznavi, Debbie O’Rourke.                           ISBN: 978-86-7101-395-6

2016.                 POLITICS OF MOVEMENT.

                          Exhibition Catalogue-Center for Contemporary Art Montenegro, Podgorica; 48 pages, color, Critical essay by Svetlana

                          Mladenov. ISBN:878-86-85797-75-0

2013.                 LINE RITUALS & RADICAL KNITTING.

                          Exhibition Catalogue - MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph ON; 60 pages, color. Critical essay by Dawn Owen.                                       ISBN: 978-1-926875-01-9

2011.                 BORDERLESS.

                          Exhibition Catalogue - Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska. Banja Luka, B&H, Museum of Contemporary                                 Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad Serbia, The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Niš, Serbia, Nadežda Petrović Memorial Gallery                                Čačak, Serbia; 120 pages, color. Catalogue essays: Žana Vukičević, Nancy Tously, Svetlana Mladenov, Radmila                                          Kostić, Nikola Marinković. ISBN: 987-86-84773-84-7                

2008.                 EMBLEMS OF ENIGMA.

                          Monograph - Touring exhibition: Cambridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art                                     Gallery of Algoma, Saint Mary University Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery; 2008, 212 pages, color. Critical essay by                                      Donald Brackett; accompanying essays by Pamela Edmonds, Michael Burch, Ivan Jurakic, Robin Metcalfe, Andrew                                    King, Stuart M. Reid, Debbie O’Rourke; Additional writing by Vessna Perunovich. ISBN: 978-0-9735085-0-5

2004.                 (W)HOLE.

                          Monograph - Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON; Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON; 128 pages, color. Critical                                   essay by Virginia Eichhorn; accompanying essays by Carly Butler and Jim Riley. ISBN: 0-9735085-0-7

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