Vessna Perunovich – Veiling-Unveiling
The video is based on a performance which took place during the artist's residency in Kreuzberg district of Berlin, where a large population of Turkish immigrants live. Veiling-Unveiling depicts the seemingly endless wrapping and unwrapping of my head with a 40 foot long net, hand crafted out of rubber bands and staples. In the process of creating this enormous head piece the identity of the performer remains concealed. The work plays with different notions around the politics of fashion, identity and feminism. Simultaneously the video reflects on a current debate around Islamic head covering for women echoing at the same time a more romantic image of beauty portrayed in the old German fairy tale Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers. "Veiling-Unveiling" is currently showing as part of the retrospective of Vessna 's video work, Neither Here Nor There at Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. Ontario, until January 8th. Internationally Veiling-Unveiling has been shown at Souvenir exhibition at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin Germany, and as part of my Eastern European tour Borderless at the Gallery Belgrade, Serbia and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska Banja Luka, Bosnia. Vessna Perunovich first exhibited with Angell Gallery in 1998. She received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Vessna’s works have been featured in galleries across North America, South America, and Europe, and has received critical review in a variety of publications, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Border Crossings, and Canadian Art.