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Talking Identities: The Art of Brendan Fernandes

Talking Identities: The Art of Brendan Fernandes
563 Spadina Cr, N. Borden bldg room 229
Time: Oct 24th, 5:30 pm End: Oct 24th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, Digital Art/Humanities, Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Caribbean, Canada, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, African, 2000-
Artist talk in conjunction with exhibit.

Talking Identities:
The Art of Brendan Fernandes

Thursday October 24 | 5:30 - 7pm

North Borden Building, Rm 229
563 Spadina Crescent
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
*This artist talk is FREE and open to the general public.

Presented by the Blackwood Gallery in partnership with the Jackman Humanities Institute and UofT's Master of Visual Studies (MVS) 2013 Pro Seminar Series.

Brendan Fernandes is based between Toronto and New York. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and earned his MFA from the Western University and his BFA from York University. He has exhibited widely including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, MASS MoCA, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Guangzhou Triennial. Fernandes has participated in numerous residency programs including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Work Space and Swing Space. He was an Ontario representative for the Sobey Art Award. Fernandes is based between Toronto and New York.

Brendan Fernandes will be the Blackwood Gallery's Artist-in-Residence from October 21 to November 1, 2013. For more information about the residency, please click here.

This artist talk is programmed in conjunction with the current exhibition a the Blackwood Gallery:

Red, Green, Blue ≠ White
Until December 1, 2013
Curated by Johnson Ngo

Golboo Amani & Manolo Lugo, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Aryen Hoekstra, Brendan Fernandes, Kika Nicolela, Jude Norris and Kristina Lee Podesva

Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: all colours used to describe people, somewhat contentiously, of culturally diverse backgrounds. Coined by Alice Walker, colourism, or discrimination based on skin colour, is the impetus to examine the relationship between race and colour. Red, Green, Blue ≠ White investigates this fraught territory through the formal considerations of colour offered by colour theory. But that is only its point of departure. The selected works share a sensibility for subtle performative gestures; the marking of bodies through the accumulation of light, the action of a lick, the construction of identities through the application of makeup, the gradation of the skin tone through light exposure, and the critique of white-white, the colour and the race. The performative elements of the works instill shifts in the relationship between the viewer's body, vision, and consequent understanding. As an ensemble, they encourage reflections (in both senses of the word) on the politics of colour. The symbol ‘≠' is not just presented as a negation here, it engenders a generative conversation about race, extending from an awareness of inequalities to the artistic presentation of shifting perspectives.

Click here for more information on the exhibition.


Generous supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Jackman Humanities Institute, Student Housing and Residence Life and the MVS Pro Seminar Series.

The exhibition Red, Green, Blue ≠ White is the culmination of Johnson Ngo's Curatorial Residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Culturally Diverse Curators for Residencies for the Visual Arts.

Photo credit: Jochem Van Grunsven

For more information:

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


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