September 7th - 17th
“In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible.” - Marina Abramovic
THE PERCH is the second installment of a larger body of work orbiting around the idea of a gender truce. The exhibition includes time based performances, a sculptural wall and photoworks that enlarge the aperture of gender difference.
Gender equity continues to be mistreated and misguided. In order to broaden the spectrum of our gender roles, and, invent new ones, we must first surrender to existing prescriptions of social convention. These prescriptive ingredients disrupt our bodies from fully engaging in the creation of a gender-neutral social equilibrium.
Within the rituals of our everyday life, we are left with residual anxiety that consumes our desire to embrace each other as equals and re-imagine ourselves. We must strip to our flesh, express our vulnerability, and remind each other, that we are all the same.
Elizabeth Czartoryski is an artist living and working in Toronto. She continues to explore new methodologies and formations of body politics which are incorporated into a hybrid of mixed media and performance projects.