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Jana Sterbak


Jana Sterbak (b. 1955) was born in Prague, and moved to Canada with her parents in 1968. Sterbak has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently resides. She exhibits internationally and is represented in many collections around the world. In recognition of Sterbak's body of work, and its impact on Canadian art, she was awarded a 2012 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Clothing features prominently in Jana Sterbak's oeuvre. She is probably best known for her 1987 work entitled Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic, or popularly, "The Meat Dress." Made from sixty pounds of raw flanksteak and allowed to cure naturally over time on a body form, the dress caused a scandal when exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in 1991. The work exists in two versions and is in the collection of the Centre Pompidouin Paris and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USA. Characteristic of Sterbak's work, Distraction raises issues of power, control, and gender. The artist also frequently explores the interface between humanity and technology.

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