Texts from The Crystal Frontier hung outside the five exhibition spaces occupied by Mai-Thu Perret (1976, Geneva). This chronicle of an imaginary community called New Ponderosa related the story of women fleeing capitalism, consumerism, and patriarchy to envision new relationships with nature and themselves in the New Mexican desert. The texts, begun in 1999, were a precursor to the works inside the exhibition rooms. These included objects supposedly produced by the community described in the texts, along with a mural painting, neon Kabbalah signs, and glazed ceramic and textile sculptures. All the elements taken together contributed to the building of a critical fiction in the viewer’s imagination.
- Manor Cultural Prize 2011