Priscila Fernandes (1981, Portugal)
Lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The practice of Priscila Fernandes is rooted in an ongoing research into education, play, and the dialectics of work and leisure in the modern world. She works in a broad range of media, from video, installation, sound, sculpture, drawing, painting, photograhy and text, resulting in a rich body of work.
She often taps into historical the avant-gardes, unveiling hidden political narratives, or creating new views on existing (art) history. Fictionalisation plays an important role in Fernandes’ processes, for example by highlighting a – fictionalised? – correlation between the emergence of free time and leisure with the different movements of abstract art. But just as easily she rewrites art history by creating a correspondence between Spanish educator and anarchist Francisco Ferrer Guardia and prominent artists of early twentieth century.
Fernandes’ work is a vibrant testimony to our playful potential, and a reminder of how the imagined is interwoven with our social and political realities, both historically and …
Priscila Fernandes studied at the National College of Art & Design (BA Fine Art Painting) in Dublin and at the Piet Zwart Institute (MA Fine Art) in Rotterdam. In 2011 she was a finalist for the Prix de Rome. She was a resident artist at Künstlerhais Bethanien in Berlin, IAPSIS Stockholm and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Her work has been exhibited widely. Highlights include: 32nd São Paulo Bienal in São Paulo; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; TENT in Rotterdam; Serralves Museum, Porto; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Atrium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Victoria (ES); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.