Monday, February 23, 2009 - 5:00am - 6:00am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon February 23, 2009
Sculptor and video artist Brendan Fernandes was born in Kenya of Indian heritage and immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from The University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. Accolades include: grants from The Ontario and Canada Councils for the Arts including the International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago. He has exhibited internationally, including invitations to part-icipate in The Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China (2008) and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY (2007). Fernandes has participated in The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space Residency (2008), Emerge 10 at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ (2008), and was an Artist in Residence at The School of Visual Arts, NY, in the graduate program for computer arts (2008). He currently works between Toronto and New York. His work is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.
Attached image: Nymba ata Choma, 2008, video still, dimensions vary
An exhibition of his work can be seen at Truck gallery in Calgary. In the exhibition “Mutual Surrender”, Brendan Fernandes will exhibit sculptural and video installations that examine the notion of his return to his birthplace of Kenya. Through written narrative, appropriated documentary footage and stereotypical imagery of Africa, the artist explores what he has become after living in Canada (the West) for the past twenty years.