Brendan Fernandes Neo-Primitivism I 2007 Installation view
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Sobey Finalists 2010: Brendan Fernandes

An Online Supplement to the Summer 2010 Print Edition of Canadian Art


POSTED: JUNE 17, 2010

Toronto- and New York–based artist Brendan Fernandes has made a mark on both sides of the border recently—first for making the shortlist for this year’s In the Public Realm sculptural commission organized by New York’s Public Art Fund and now for his 2010 Sobey Art Award nomination as the Ontario-region finalist. That attention is well founded as the Kenyan-born artist’s installations and sculptural works deftly tease out the contentious personal and political implications of a post-colonial worldview.


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  1. [...] completed the Independent Study Program at New York’s Whitney Museum in his late 20s and was on the shortlist for the prestigious Sobey Art Award last year—Fernandes explores postcolonial identity through the lens of his own hybrid experience [...]

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