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.
Priscila Fernandes (1981, Portugal) 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. She lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.