Pride and protest with Brendan Fernandes

    July 29, 2020

    Above: Brendan Fernandes, "Hit Back", 2017

    For Pride week 2020, Richmond Art Gallery presents a digital artist talk with acclaimed artist Brendan Fernandes. In anticipation of his upcoming RAG exhibition,  Inaction (in partnership with the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University) Fernandes will offer an in-depth presentation of his works addressing issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement.

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    Also, join Brendan for:

    Intersections: Pride and Visual Culture Online Workshop
    Saturday, August 1, 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Join artist Brendan Fernandes and Branscombe House artist-in-residence Lou Sheppard for an online workshop that explores histories of Pride, semiotics, language, art and identity. Register for the free online workshop in advance by RSVPing to

    Brendan Fernandes is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Currently based out of Chicago, Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Brendan’s projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity. Brendan is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2007) and a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship (2014). In 2010, he was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, and is the recipient of a prestigious 2017 Canada Council New Chapters grant. Brendan is also the recipient of the Artadia Award (2019), a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2020) and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant (2019). His projects have shown at the 2019 Whitney Biennial (New York); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Museum of Modern Art (New York); The Getty Museum (Los Angeles); the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); MAC (Montreal); among a great many others. He is currently artist-in-residency and faculty at Northwestern University and represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Recent and upcoming projects include performances and solo presentations at the Noguchi Museum (New York); Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); and the Museo De Arte São Paulo (São Paulo).

    Above: Brendan Fernandes, "Hit Back", 2017


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