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Full Name  Mai-Thu Perret
Nationality  Swiss

Occupation  Artist, writer
Name  Mai-Thu Perret

Born  1976Geneva, Switzerland

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Mai-Thu Perret (born in 1976 in Geneva) is a Swiss artist of Franco-Vietnamese origin. Perret's work is multidisciplinary, installation-based, and performative, combining feminist politics with literary texts, homemade crafts and 20th century avant-garde aesthetics.


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Early life and education

Perret was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1976. She received her BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England in 1997. From 2002 to 2003, Perret was enrolled in the Whitney Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.


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Since 1999, Mai-Thu Perret has been working on a long term project entitled The Crystal Frontier - a multidisciplinary fictional chronicle of the lives of a group of women self-exiled to New Mexico to start a utopian feminist commune. The project manifests in a number of ways, including film, performance, writings, artifacts, sculptures, and more, all produced by the women in the commune.


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In discussing The Crystal Frontier, Perret has cited a number of influences. Namely, Robert Smithson's text The Crystal Land, where the title of the project is derived. Other influences include Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Perret has also contributed to Frieze Magazine with an essay on the work of Ree Morton.

Recent work

In July 2014, Mai-Thu Perret had a solo exhibition at the Simon Lee Gallery showcasing her ongoing work on The Crystal Frontier. Forthcoming in 2016, Mai-Thu Perret will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.


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Important exhibitions of Perret's work have been held at the Lyon Biennale, France, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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  • Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
  • Moon Palace, Blond & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Slow Wave, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Astral Plane, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Prairie, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Beast of Burden, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
  • The Adding Machine, Le Magasin, Grenoble, France
  • Selected Group Exhibitions

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  • CERAMIX, curated by Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 8th Triennial of Contemporary Prints, Musée des beaux-arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
  • Angelic Sisters, organized by the 186f Kepler Institute, Chiesa di San Paolo Converso, Piazza Sant’Eufemia, Milan, Italy
  • Group Show, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Public Goods, organized by MAMCO, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Biennale of Moving Images 2014, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
  • ILLUMInations, curated by Bice Curiger, International Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • Awards

    In 2011, Perret was awarded the Zurich Art Prize and le Prix Culturel Manor. Her work was also a part of the 54th Venice Biennale under curator Bice Curiger's ILLUMInations.


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