News from Nowhere: New Works by Mai-Thu Perret
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Simon Lee Gallery presents new works by Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret inspired by William Morris’ 1890 utopian novel News From Nowhere.
Simon Lee Gallery presents News from Nowhere, an exhibition of new works by Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret. This will be her second solo exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery.
The exhibition’s title is derived from British novelist and socialist activist William Morris’ 1890 novel of the same name, in which he imagines a utopian future liberated from systems of capitalism. Perret’s practice directly references Morris, whose vision of a utopian future reflects the fictionalised women-only commune that has been central to her work for the past two decades. Like Morris’ News from Nowhere, Perret’s own utopian narrative The Crystal Frontier engages with the promise of an ideological agenda that promotes egalitarian human relationships.
The story of The Crystal Frontier has provided a framework for much of Perret’s practice. Evolving across installation, performance, sculpture, ceramics and textiles, her continually expanding fiction also encompasses a range of 20th century avant-garde and radical art movements.