This multimedia exhibition will investigate issues of authenticity, cultural commodification, and identity as impacted by migration and globalized economies, specifically through the sale of African masks and objects on the streets in front of New York museums and in Art in General’s neighborhood on Canal Street.
Born in Kenya of Indian descent, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. 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). He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Art Gallery of York University, Manif d’Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guangzhou Triennial, and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fernandes has participated in numerous residency programs including The Canada Councils for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space (2008) and Swing Space (2009) programs, Emerge 10 at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ (2008), the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum (2009), The New Work Residency at Harvestworks, NY (2009), and the Gyeonggi Creation Center Residency at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2009). He held the position of Artist in Residence at The School of Visual Arts, NY, in the graduate program for computer arts (2008). He is currently on the short list for the 2010 Sobey Art Award. Fernandes is based between Toronto and New York.
His work is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.