jana sterbak

(Prague, Czech Republic 1955. She lives and works in Montreal, Canada) She moved with her family to Canada in 1968. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art and received her BFA in 1977 from Concordia University in Montreal. Power, sexuality, and control are the main issues she addresses as well as the relationship between humans and technology. Her work involves the human body, which she wraps, clothes, and imprisons with wires and technological materials. Sometimes the performers are moved by remote control. Many of her sculptural garments are cage-like. The cultural heritage of her native country also plays an important role. Her work reveals irony, humanism, fantasy, and even black humor, deriving from Czech authors like Kafka, Hasek, and Capek. She has shown in group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Her works are found in the most important international museums such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Canada, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, California.


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