Brendan Fernandes

Foe

2008
Brendan Fernandes' work often reflects on stereotypes of cultural identity. Foe shows the Kenyan-born artist of Indian (Goan) heritage standing in front of a blackboard reading from J.M. Coetzee's "Foe" (the South African author's "sequel" to "Robinson Crusoe"). The artist responds to prompts from an acting coach employed to teach him accents reflecting his cultural background. Fernandes recites a line in which Crusoe explains how his sidekick Friday has had his tongue removed. Friday's fate can be "a metaphor for violence experienced through colonialism," explains Fernandes. "The act of cutting out a person's tongue takes away the ability to speak, hence enforcing the power relationship so evident in the work."
Title
Foe
Date
2008
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
digital video disk (DVD), 4:39 minutes
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Accession number
43462