Mai-Thu Perret, The Blazing World

Image Credit: Mai-Thu Perret Figures (2014) Performance at the Biennale of Moving Images, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph courtesy Annik Wetter

Spike Island, Bristol, BS1 6UX

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Saturday 19 January 2019 – Saturday 23 March 2019
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm


Exhibition Preview: Mai-Thu Perret
Friday 18 January 2019, 6-9pm

Mai-Thu Perret’s practice intertwines seemingly diverse traditions such as Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Eastern spiritualities. In 1999 Perret created The Crystal Frontier, a fictional all-women commune who opted out of contemporary capitalist society and settled in the New Mexico desert.

The Blazing World is a major new commission, extending upon Perret’s interests in feminist practice and the occult. Ritualistic ceramic sculptures associated with the imagery of the witch in fairy tales are positioned alongside textile banners and a spoken word recording by singer-songwriter Tamara Barnett-Herrin. These works animate a large-scale theatrical stage set which carries the haunting sense of something yet to come. In this imagined landscape, Perret underlines how the fraught relationship between craft and gender continues to unsettle.


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