Spike Island

Performance: Mai-Thu Perret


Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7–8pm


Free, booking advised

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Mai-Thu Perret's performance activates the sculptural elements of her Spike Island exhibition and plays with the ongoing cultural relevance of the witch as fairy tale bogey woman, feminist icon, and working class heroine.

This performance is made in collaboration with Perret’s students at the Workmaster program, Labzone and Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève), and with UK singer-songwriter Tamara Barnett-Herrin.

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Tamara Barnett-Herrin

Tamara Barnett-Herrin is an artist living in Los Angeles. She has collaborated extensively with Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret, performing at the Nasher Sculpture Centre Dallas, MAMCO Geneva, and Kunsthalle Basel, among others. She also to contributed to Conrad Shawcross' sculpture installation ADA. As a vocalist and songwriter she has worked with Freeform Five, Mylo and Maurice Fulton, among others. She featured on Karlation by Karla released by Villa Magica Records, and produced Calendar Songs, a remix project.

Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret was born in 1976 in Geneva, where she lives and works. She is known for her multidisciplinary practice encompassing sculpture, painting, video and installation. Perret has created a complex oeuvre which combines radical feminist politics with literary texts, homemade crafts and 20th century avant-garde aesthetics.

She studied English at Cambridge University and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2011 she won the prestigious Zurich Art Prize and the Prix Culturel Manor. She is the recipient of the 2018 Paul Boesch Award.

Her recent solo shows include the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016); Le Magasin, Grenoble (2011); MAMCO, Geneva (2011); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2011); Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2010); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2009); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2008); The Kitchen, New York (2008); and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2006). She has a major retrospective exhibition opening at MAMCO, Geneva in autumn 2018.  

Mai-Thu Perret’s work has featured in numerous group shows, including the Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva (2014) ; Swiss Institute, New York (2014); Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris (2013); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2013); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012), CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2012); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (2012); ILLUMInations (curated by Bice Curiger), 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010).

Supported by
  • HEAD Geneve
  • Simon Lee Gallery
  • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
  • Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia