“Postcards” is a new magazine project. Select contemporary artists are simply asked to mail us a postcard, which is then scanned and shared online. While the project celebrates personalized, handwritten communication in an increasingly digital society, it also aims to draw attention to artists living or working outside of the United States. Our first postcard comes from Brendan Fernandes who lives between Toronto and New York City.
Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) examines issues of cultural displacement and migration through installations, video, sculpture, and dance. Fernandes was recently in Toronto for the city’s annual nighttime art event, Nuit Blanche, where he debuted Night Shift (2013), a twelve-hour durational performance created in collaboration with choreographer Michael Trent and Dancemakers. Night Shift was inspired by Le Ballet de la Nuit, a court ballet initiated by Louis XIV of France who cast himself in the role of Sun King. In Fernandes’s version, sixteen dancers performed from dusk until dawn, all the while making gold confetti with paper shredders and thus raising questions about labor and endurance. At dawn, dancers and audience members tossed the confetti into the air in celebration of the new day. Photographs …read more
Source: Art 21