Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



A Conversation with Rajni Perera

Thursday, November 15, 2018
 | 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm 
 | Free

Open to Engage and Immerse members

Go behind-the-scenes of Rajni Perera’s Talisman, currently on view in the exhibition BELIEVE. Members are invited to an intimate talk with Perera and a tour of the woodshop of her collaborator, artist Yorgo Liapis, right on Sterling Rd. Meet the artist and learn about the inspiration and creation of this artwork.

About Talisman

The double-throne Talisman, a collaboration with artist Yorgo Liapis, is at once a retelling of history, a speculative form and an object to be appreciated on its own.

Talisman suggests opportunities to engage in conversations that ease or erase the gulf between conflicting beliefs across history and time. The work evokes the rebalancing of energies—a space between binary identities and viewpoints. It also references a divisive and destructive conflict between the ancient Egyptian cities Thebes and Amarna.



Rajni Perera is a Toronto-based artist, commissioned by MOCA to produce new artworks for the exhibition BELIEVE. Her works Talisman and Banners for New Empires, can be seen on Floor 2 of the museum.

Collaborator, Yorgo Liapis is an artist and woodworker whose extensive portfolio traverses art and design, creating sculptural works and design pieces with a focus on materiality and craftsmanship. He currently lives and works in Toronto.


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Rajni Perera, Talisman, 2018. Photo by Tom Sandler Photography.

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7