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Clara Ursitti

Sept. 18-21, 2003

A Canadian artist based in Glasgow, Clara Ursitti has worked with organic and synthesized fragrances for the past ten years. Collaborating with Dr. George Dodd, an olfactory scientist and aromatherapist, her series of olfactory portraits, sniffing videos, a dating service based on body odour (PHEROMONE LINK), a performance utilizing smell-tracking police bloodhounds, as well as a number of pungent installations have delved into the psychological and social aspects of scent. Exhibiting throughout Europe and the British Isles, and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S., her work has been featured at the ICA in London and in the Venice Biennale.

Note: Clara Ursitti will be roaming the streets of Toronto in a limousine picking up strangers; there is no published route for her performative action. The interior of the limousine smells like sperm - from a chemical concoction by Dr. George Dodd.

Photography: Miklos Legrady

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