Conversation with Brendan Fernandes

In Conversation with Brendan Fernandes

Thursday, October 27, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT
National Gallery of Canada Auditorium, livestreamed on Zoom
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Join internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist Brendan Fernandes in conversation with the Gallery’s Senior Curator of Photographs, Andrea Kunard.

This lively discussion will look at the artist’s series As One, featured in the exhibition Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art, and will explore the intersection of dance and visual art in Fernandes’ work, as well as his concern for marginalized communities.

Free. In English, with French simultaneous interpretation.

Please note that this is a hybrid event. Attend onsite at the Gallery, or watch the live broadcast via Zoom. To ensure your place, please confirm your attendance by registering in advance. Given that onsite capacity is limited, those who have not pre-registered will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The event will be not be recorded nor archived on the site for later viewing.


Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and the visual arts. Currently based in Chicago, Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest, and other forms of collective movement. Always seeking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Brendan’s projects take on hybrid forms — combining ballet, queer dance party and political protest — that are always rooted in fostering both collaboration and 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 received the Artadia Award in 2019. His projects have been presented at venues that include the 2019 Whitney Biennial, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. Recent and upcoming projects include performances and solo presentations at the Munch Museum in Oslo, a collaboration with Danish National Radio in Copenhagen, a group show at the National Gallery of Canada, and a two-person show at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Dr. Andrea Kunard is Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, developing exhibitions, researching and publishing on historical and contemporary Canadian photography. Selected exhibitions include Shifting Sites (2000), Steeling the Gaze (2008), Fred Herzog (2011), Clash: Conflict and Its Consequences (2012), Photography in Canada 1960–2000 (2017) and Moyra Davey: The Faithful (2020).

In addition, she has collaborated with Canadian and international curators on numerous shows, such as Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918 (2013), Jaret Belliveau: Dominion Street (2014), Marlene Creates — Places, Paths, and Pauses (2017), and on Anthropocene (2018), which showcased the photographs of Ed Burtynsky and the films of Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. Virtual exhibitions include Photostories Canada, which focuses on the National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division collection.

Andrea has taught photo history, Canadian art and cultural theory at Carleton University in Ottawa, and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and has lectured on photography across Canada. In addition to being co-editor of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (McGill Queen’s U.P. 2008), she has written articles on contemporary and historical photography in publications including The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era, The National Gallery of Canada Review, The Journal of Canadian Art History, and Early Popular Visual Culture.

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
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