Priscila Fernandes
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021 XB Rotterdam

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Chino Chano


Priscila Fernandes (1981, Portugal) is a visual artist living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Together with Edward Clydesdale Thomson, she is the Head of Department of the Bachelor of Fine Arts BEAR (Base for Experiment Art and Research) at ArtEZ, Arnhem.

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 installations, painting, photography and publications.

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. She is the winner Brutus Award in 2018 (AVL Mundo, Rotterdam) and Prémio EDP Novos Artistas in 2011 (Fundação EDP, Lisbon).

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2022, Make It Bounce, Sismógrafo, Porto, Portugal
  • 2021, Leisure School / Escola de Lazer, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal (cur. by Marta Mestre)
  • 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)
  • Curatorial
  • 2018, Bo'i Palu, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Dreaming of Cockaigne, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Publications
  • 2022, The Waterslide of Abstract Art, Sismógrafo, Porto, Portugal
  • 2021, The Cookbook, Whatspace Foundation, The Netherlands
  • 2021, Tubelight #116, Tubelight, The Netherlands
  • 2020, Curriculum - Contemporary Art Goes to School, Intellect Books (cur. by Jennie Guy)
  • 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)
  • Lectures
  • 2020, Head of Department BEAR / Fine Art / ArtEZ, BEAR / ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 2022, Erasmus University College / Boijmans Hillevliet, EUC / Boijmans Hillevliet, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2022, Laboratório Vivo, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal
  • 2021, ArtEZ / Lecture at BEAR, BEAR Fine Art / ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 2021, HKU, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2021, Conversa de Artista, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
  • 2021, Artist in Conversation, MAAT Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2014-2020, Tutor at Fine Art Department Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • , Artist in Conversation, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015, The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dubin, Ireland
  • 2015, Conversas #38, Conversas, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014, The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, Trafó Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014, Conversas com Artistas at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, FBAUL, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2013, Lecture and workshop - Master Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013, The Forgotten Book - Lecture at Fundació Francisco Ferrer i Guàrdia, Fundació Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2012, Guest Teacher at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Priscila Fernandes with Anke Bangma, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2009, Priscila Fernandes, Kunstakademiet, Tromso, Norway
  • 2009, On Representation, Open Office for Words, ADA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2008, Scientific Aesthetics, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
  • 2007, Priscila Fernandes, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007, Showcase - Blurring Boundaries, the Lab, Dublin, Ireland
  • Reviews
  • 2020, Working on your tan: het productief nietsdoen van Priscila Fernandes in 'Happier than a Seagull with a French Fry', Metropolis M, The Netherlands (by Nadeche Remst)
  • 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
  • 2021, Arnhem Museum, The Netherlands
  • 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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