Anna Torma: Permanent Danger

Anna Torma’s large embroideries are complex expressions of her experiences of family, immigration, joy, and the act of creation.

Anna Torma’s large embroideries show her deep concern for the world we live in. Her unique drawing style is an expression of her complex experiences of family, immigration, joy, and the act of artistic creation. Her works are richly layered narratives with references to popular culture, thrift shop aesthetics, and traditional Hungarian textiles. 

The exhibition takes its title – Permanent Danger – from a 2017 piece of the same name, making reference to human strife and vulnerability, threatened natural environments, and the highs and lows of daily life. The installation will comprise 15 large-scale works made since 2011, most of them shown here for the first time. 

Please note: This exhibition contains nudity and sexual imagery, visitors wishing to preview the exhibition can view all images of the artworks with their corresponding labels and didactics in this guide

Type: Exhibition

Date: Aug 7, 2020 - Mar 20, 2021

Curated by: Sarah Quinton

Winner of the 2020 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts, Anna Torma is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a recipient of the New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and in 2019 she participated in the prestigious 16th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland. She was born in Tarnaors, Hungary and graduated with a degree in Textile Art and Design from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts, Budapest in 1979. Torma immigrated to Canada in 1988 and now lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick.

Presenting Sponsors: BMO & Carole Tanenbaum | Supporting Partner: The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation  | With support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Government of Ontario.



In Conversation with Anna Torma: On October 27, 2020 the Textile Museum of Canada was excited to virtually host Nicole Burisch, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada and artist Anna Torma

In Conversation: Nehal El-Hadi with Anna Torma and Sarah Quinton | On January 26, DesignTO hosted Nehal El-Hadi, Editor-in-Chief of Studio Magazine, artist Anna Torma, and Curatorial Director Sarah Quinton as they explored Torma’s solo exhibition Permanent Danger.


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