Rajni Perera was born in Sri Lanka in 1985 and lives and works in Toronto. She explores issues of hybridity, futurity, ancestorship, immigration identity/cultures, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. In her work she seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of the icons and objects she creates, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. She creates a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power. Recent exhibitions include Traveller (2022) at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, Colomboscope (2022) Sri Lanka, Holding A Line in Your Hand (2021) Kamloops Art Gallery BC, the Gwangju Biennale (2021) in South Korea, as well as RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting (2020) at the Foundation PHI, Montreal. Perera’s work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the Sobey Foundation, and the Musèe D’Art Contemporain in Montreal.
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