Brendan Fernandes, Steady Pulse, Recess, New York, 2017. Performers: John Alix, Khadija Griffith & Oisín Monaghan.
Friday, June 15
AGGV Offsite / Insight
Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002).
Says the artist: “My unique cultural background as a Kenyan-Indian-Canadian has confronted me with the hybrid and transitional nature of identity. This compels the aspects of my artistic practice, in which I question my own authenticity, all the while articulating issues that surround and debate a cultural and political agenda. In sum, my work explores the thesis that identity is not static, but enacted, challenging accepted ways of thinking about what it is to have an ‘authentic’ self.”
Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Sculpture Centre, New York; The Quebec City Biennial; and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China.
On June 15, 16 and 17, the performance Moving Change, by Brendan Fernandes consists of three performance interventions at sites across the city. Fernandes will text the exact time and locations so keep checking aggv.ca/offsite-insight/ for more information.
You can have a sneak peek of the performance on June 13 at an open rehearsal of Brendan Fernandes’ performance of Moving Change from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dance Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street. The very next day there will be a chance to ask questions of the artist at the AGGV between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. when there will be a conversation with the internationally renowned Fernandes, and Amanda Jane Graham, Director of Engagement from Carolina Performing Arts.