A friend in common, 2017
‘A friend in common’ presents fictionalised correspondence between Spanish educator and anarchist Francisco Ferrer Guardia and prominent artists of early twentieth century. These intimate letters anchor the radical art movements within a politically turbulent era, when fascism was on the rise across Europe and World War I was on the horizon. The Modern School pinpoints a fleeting, yet significant period in history when attempts were made to create counter-cultures to the so-called 'factory model' of nineteenth century education. Established in Barcelona in 1901, the short-lived Ferrer school aimed to educate working class children in non-coercive settings, with the aim of eradicating inequality, instigating social change and equipping young students with the critical vision and skills to lead a workers' revolution. Priscila crosses the ideologies of this particular educational program with the positions of early twentieth century artists in a fictionalised correspondence. We find letters by 20-year-old Picasso expressing his gratitude for teaching at the school; Paul Signac pointing out the role of art as a revolutionary tool; letters on feminism, art-making and differing positions regarding art education. The correspondence is intercalated by a series of ink drawings.

installation views
Group exhibition curated by Jennie Guy
Rua Red - South Dublin Arts Centre,Tallaght, Dublin, IE
See also "The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School".

Exhibition view of IT'S VERY NEW SCHOOL, at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre,Tallaght, Dublin, IE
Curated by Jennie Guy and with works by John Beattie, Sarah Browne, Ella de Búrca, Priscila Fernandes, Mark O’Kelly, Maria McKinney, and Sarah Pierce.
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