Brendan Fernandes, Slow Kill, Video Still, 2007

On Migration

Brendan Fernandes, Mona Kamal

Main Gallery

September 7 – October 12, 2007

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 The term ‘migration’ both evokes and complicates relationships between definable temporal and spatial coordinates; the duration and location of any migration are at once indeterminate and over-determined. Brendan Fernandes and Mona Kamal re-enact the liminal spaces and time zones of migration in their new works. In a sense, these artists offer multiple unanswerable variations on a question familiar to survivors of the North American family road trip: ’Are we there yet?’ A shared interrogation of what it truly means to arrive serves to link their distinctive installations, as does their engagement with tensions between stillness and motion, permanence and impermanence, and ’home’ and ’not-home.’

BIOGRAPHIES

Born in Kenya of Indian heritage, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He earned his MFA (2005) from The University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. Accolades include: grants from The Ontario and Canada Councils for the Arts including the prestigious International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007 he will have three solo shows across Canada and has been invited to exhibit in the Western New York Biennial at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Fernandes recently completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is presently participating in The Lower Manhattan Cultural CouncilÕs Work Space Residency program. He currently resides in New York and continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally.

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