Priscila Fernandes
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021 XB Rotterdam

Division of Labour

Website design:
Chino Chano

The projects on this site are generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund, CBK Rotterdam and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


Priscila Fernandes (1981, Portugal) is a visual artist living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Her practice is rooted in an ongoing research into education, play, and the dialectics of work and leisure. She works in a broad range of media, from video, installation, sound, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and text.
Priscila Fernandes studied at the National College of Art & Design (BA Fine Art Painting) in Dublin and at the Piet Zwart Institute (MA Fine Art) in Rotterdam. She was a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, IAPSIS Stockholm and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Her work has been exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions include Live Uncertainty - 32nd São Paulo Biennial with the installation Cuckoo Land and Other FuturesThe Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School at Foundation Joan Miró, Barcelona; Back to the sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy, Reykjavik Art Museum; Playgrounds, Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; PIGS, Artium Basque Museum; Learning for Life, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; 12 Contemporaries, Serralves Museum, Porto; Those bastards in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory, at TENT, Rotterdam; and This is the time. This is the Record of the Time at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2019, Brutus Award, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018, Free. To do whatever we, Artissima, Turin, Italy
  • 2018, Luísa Wedding, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto, Portugal
  • 2015, Those bastard in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory., TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014, Ces salopards en casquettes venus se divertir et se reposer au bord de la mer au lieu de continuer à travailler à l'usine., PHAKT Centre Culturel Colombier, Rennes, France
  • 2014, Against the Enamel, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
  • 2014, ¿Y EL ARTE?, Espai13 - Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (cur. by uan Canela and Ane Agirre Loinaz)
  • 2014, Against the Enamel, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Rayne Booth)
  • 2013, Para um Mundo Melhor, Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • 2012, Once Upon a Time No Longer, Apice for Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2009, In Search of the Self, Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
  • 2007, Drosophila Melanogaster, Four Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Lee Welch)
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2019, Ver as vozes dos artistas, Several public spaces, Porto, Portugal (cur. by Miguel von Hafe Pérez)
  • 2019, Gewoon bijzonder - Bijzonder gewoon (Extra)Ordinary, 38CC, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2019, Playmode, MAAT Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (cur. by Filipe Pais and Patricia Gouveia)
  • 2019, Ponto de Fuga / Vanishing Point, Galerias Municipais, Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal (cur. by João Laia)
  • 2019, An exhibition of posters by Maja Bekan, Kévin Bray, Chloe Dekanghe, Baldvin Einarsson, Priscila Fernandes, Vera Gulikers, An Onghena, Kevin Osepa, Josie Perry, Rory Pilgrim, Tramaine de Senna and Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Witte de With Contemporary Art Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2019, Couching Fiction, Roca Umbert, Granollers, Spain (cur. by Sergi Selvas)
  • 2019, Kids, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (cur. by Maja Hodošček)
  • 2019, Dolf Henkes Prijs, TENT., Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2018, An unstoppable force, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands (cur. by Marie Stel)
  • 2018, Les enfants d’abord, LiFE, Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 2018, Back to the Sandbox - Art & Radical Pedagogy, Western Gallery, Washington, USA (cur. by Jaroslav Anděl)
  • 2018, Kids, Center for Contemporary Arts Celje, Celje, Slovakia (cur. by Maja Hodošček)
  • 2018, ARCO Lisboa, Galeria Fernando Santos, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2018, Art Rotterdam, Division of Labour, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Movimento Contínuo, HANGAR, Lisbon, Portugal (cur. by Violeta Janeiro)
  • 2017, Itinerância Incerteza Viva, Fundação Clovis Salgado, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (cur. by Jochen Volts with Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga)
  • 2017, Itinerância Incerteza Viva, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
  • 2017, Coleção António Cachola, MACE, Elvas, Portugal (cur. by João Silvério)
  • 2017, Terra, Solar, Vila do Conde, Portugal (cur. by Mário Micaelo)
  • 2017, Free Play, Västerås Museum, Västerås, Sweden (cur. by Katrin Ingelstedt)
  • 2017, Dreaming of Cockaigne, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Lockers, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Diego Diaz and Borja Llobregat)
  • 2017, It's very new school, Rua Red Contemporary Art Centre, Tallagh, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Jennie Guy)
  • 2017, What I Am, MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal (cur. by Inês Grosso and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas)
  • 2017, The Child as Teacher, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway (cur. by Jaroslav Anděl)
  • 2016, 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Biennial Pavillion, São Paulo, Brazil (cur. by Jochen Volts with Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga)
  • 2016, Millennials, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands (cur. by Mirjam Westen)
  • 2016, Games people play, NEST, Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • 2016, Festival Chantiers d’Europe, Palais de Toyko,, Paris, France
  • 2016, PIGS, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portugal (cur. by Blanca de la Torre)
  • 2016, Back to the sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy, Rekjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland (cur. by Jaroslav Anděl)
  • 2016, PIGS, Artium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Victoria, Spain (cur. by Blanca de la Torre)
  • 2015, S'Wonderful, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (cur. by Beatriz Escudero)
  • 2015, Priscila Fernandes, Jessica Stockholder and David Hanvald, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems an der Donau, Austria
  • 2015, Social Choreography – an Ecology of Collective Experience, Tenderpixel, London, UK (cur. by Borbala Soos)
  • 2014, Playgrounds, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (cur. by Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Tamara Díaz and Teresa Velázquez)
  • 2014, Playtime, Les Ateliers de Rennes, Bienniale d'art contemporain, Rennes, France (cur. by Zoë Gray)
  • 2014, The Value of Nothing, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Jesse van Oosten and Michel van Dartel)
  • 2014, This is the Time. And this is the Record of the Time, SMBA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Nat Muller and Angela Harutyunyan)
  • 2014, 12 Contemporâneos - Estados Presentes, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (cur. by Suzanne Cotter and Bruno Marchand)
  • 2013, An Opal World, Group exhibition with Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, and Alberto De Michele; Kunstraum, Kunstraum, London, UK
  • 2013, Do you know because I tell you so or do you know, do you know?, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan, Italy (cur. by Valerio Del Baglivo)
  • 2013, Uma Questão de Género, 1º Avenida, Porto, Portugal (cur. by Raquel Guerra)
  • 2013, In-Discipline, Bonnefanten Roermond, Roermond, The Netherlands
  • 2013, Jugada a 3 bandas, Gallery Liebre, Madrid, Spain (cur. by Marti Manen)
  • 2012, The Return of the Object, Invaliden1, Berlin, Germany (cur. by Stefanie Hessler)
  • 2012, Learning for Life, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (cur. by one Hansen and Ane Hjort Guttu)
  • 2012, Metamorphosis, PS2, Belfast, Ireland (cur. by Rowan Sexton)
  • 2012, After the Future, EVA Biennial International, Ireland (cur. by Annie Fletcher)
  • 2012, Abstract Possible: Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Sweden (cur. by Maria Lind)
  • 2011, Screening Room: Dublin, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (cur. by Regina Barunke)
  • 2011, Prémio EDP Novos Artistas, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Portugal (cur. by João Pinharanda, Nuno Crespo and Delfim Sardo)
  • 2011, Prix de Rome, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2010, Post Dordt, Centre for Contemporary Art Dordrecht, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (cur. by Maaike van de Wiel)
  • 2010, Bosch Young Talent Show, AKV St. Joost, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (cur. by Monique Verhulst)
  • 2010, If you say something, see something., TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Mai Abu Eldahab)
  • 2009, It hits my hair, Wolfart, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2008, Luso-Phonia, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain (cur. by Catarina Simão)
  • 2007, The Other Side of Real, Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
  • 2007, Open Systems, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2006, Launch/Making Do, The Lab, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Paul O’Neill)
  • 2006, it is a kind of magic, Ashford Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Mark St. John Ellis)
  • 2006, Wildbeaming, Sign Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Curatorial
  • 2018, Bo'i Palu, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Dreaming of Cockaigne, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Publications
  • 2019, Back to the Sandbox, University of Minnesota Press, USA (cur. by Jaroslav Anděl)
  • 2018, DARDO Magazine, no. 33, Dardo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2015, Volume #45: Learning, Archis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015, On Boycott, Censorship and Educational Practices, De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Renata Cervetto)
  • 2014, ¿Y El Arte? – The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School
  • 2011, Lenticular Scorpions find Cheese on Mars, Espacio Abisal, Spain (cur. by Juan Canela)
  • 2010, Virtual Fictional, Printed Project No. 13, Ireland (cur. by Kevin Atherton)
  • 2010, If You Say Something, See Something, Piet Zwart Institute (cur. by Mai Abu Eldahab)
  • Reviews
  • 2019, Tempo de Imaginar, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (by Tanja Baudoin)
  • 2019, Ponto de Fuga / Vanishing Point, Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal (by José Marmeleira)
  • 2018, Movimentos e ideias a caminho entre, DARDO Magazine, Spain (by Ángel Calvo Ulloa)
  • 2016, New forms of agency, Spike Magazine (by Lars Bang Larsen)
  • 2016, Millennials, by Loes van Beuningen, Metropolis M - nº5, The Netherlands
  • 2016, A arte feira por mulheres é diferente?, Ipslon, Público,, Portugal (by Isabel Salema)
  • 2016, A bienal de São Paulo é agora um jardim, Público, Portugal (by Isabel Salema)
  • 2014, The Phanton of Liberty - History’s Intimate Others: The child and its play in contemporary art, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and Sternberg Press (by Lars Bang Larsen)
  • 2014, Priscila Fernandes faz escola em Barcelona, Público, PT, Público, Portugal
  • 2014, Against The Enamel: An Interview with Priscila Fernandes, Totally Dublin, Ireland (by Rosa Abbott)
  • 2014, Portugal 2014: mise au point, Vanessa Rato, Ípsilon, Público, 14th February 2014, PT (by Portugal)
  • 2012, Once Upon A Time No Longer, Lost Painters, The Netherlands (by Niek Hendrik)
  • 2012, På kjempers skuldre (The mighty shoulders), KUNST Forum, Norway (by Nicolai Strom-Olsen)
  • 2012, Exit Limerick 2012, Limerick Reader, Ireland
  • 2012, Exit Limerick 2012, Limerick Reader, Limerick, Rep. Ireland
  • 2012, Aidan Dunne, EVA’s brawn feels familiar in Limerick, Irish Times, Ireland
  • 2012, EVA’s brawn feels familiar in Limerick, Irish Times, Rep. Ireland (by Aidan Dunne)
  • 2011, Pedro Faro, Figurações Científicas, Público, Portugal
  • 2011, Chris Bors, Critics' Picks: Prix de Rome 2011,
  • 2011, Machteld Leij, Prix de Rome 2011, Kunstbeeld, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Henny de Lange, Weining elan dit keer bij Prix de Rome, Trouw, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Koen Kleijn, Prix de Rome, de Groene Amsterdammer, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Rutger Pontzen, Prix de Rome, Volkskrant, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Raymond Boogaard, Prix de Rome Schetst Idyllische Wereld, NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands
  • 2010, Mike Sperlinger. Letter on a Brief, If you say something, see something, Piet Zwart Institute, The Netherlands
  • 2008, Niall de Buitléar, Inspired by human curiosity: an interview with Priscila Fernandes, Circa Contemporary Art in Ireland, Ireland
  • 2007, Tim Stott, Launch/Making Do., Circa Contemporary Art in Ireland, Ireland
  • 2006, Abracadabra, Village Magazine, Ireland
  • 2006, Aidan Dunne, A Challenge to the Conventional, The Irish Times, Ireland
  • 2006, Aidan Dunne, Art Students Pile - The metaphors high, The Irish Times, Ireland
  • Collections
  • 2018, NN Group, The Netherlands
  • 2017, European Central Bank
  • 2017, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
  • 2017, In4Art, The Netherlands
  • 2014, Coleção António Cachola, Portugal
  • 2013, RAM Foundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2012, Fundação EDP Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2011, Fundation Bosch 500, The Netherlands
  • 2010, Four, Dublin, Rep. Ireland
  • 2010, Fundação Ilídio Pinho, Portugal
  • 2010, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
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