March 15 – 25, 2017
Brendan Fernandes’s dance-based practice explores intersections of language, architecture, and the body. At 18th Street, he will create a series of situational performances connected to the dancer’s experience of the dance floor as a space of agency. Performers and participants will respond through movement to various locations including a site-specific installation on 18th Street’s campus, the Expo Line Metro corridor, and the adjacent bike and pedestrian path. Considering collective experiences of trauma from exile into diaspora to the attack on Orlando’s PULSE nightclub, Fernandes links the contemporary search for queer self-determination and civil rights to historical moments and sites related to the AIDS crisis still felt by survivors within and beyond those communities.
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 (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Guggenheim, Bergen Kunsthall, Stedelijk Museum, Sculpture Centre, Manif d’Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guanghou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fernandes has been awarded many highly regarded residencies around the world, including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space (2008), Swing Space (2009) and Process Space (2014) programs. He has also received invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Centre at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011).
For his residency at 18th Street, Brendan will be installing a large-scale mural on our bike-path wall, and conducting participatory actions around Santa Monica March 18 – 24, 2017, focused in and around corridors of transit. Read more here.