Ana Teresa Fernández: Magic Informalism: [Re]drawing Solutions to Alternative Truths

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Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities

Born in Tampico, Mexico, in 1981, artist Ana Teresa Fernández lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through temporalized actions and social gestures, many of which she translates into masterful oil paintings, video installation, and other mixed media. Performance is also a critical tool of investigation in her art practice, often imbued with feminist undercurrents that flow together in post-colonial enunciations and representations. Responding to space, time, and locations, Fernández illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that confine human beings to identities of gender, race, and class, as well as other social constructs that are enforced in the U.S. and the global South. Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art of Reno, Arizona State University Art Museum in Phoenix, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington, the Tijuana Biennial, the Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Oakland Art Museum in Oakland, California. Her large-scale 5W public art project in San Francisco was awarded "Best of the Bay" by 7x7 magazine in 2013. She received the Tournesol Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts and her films have been screened at festivals including MADRID International Film Festival in Madrid, Spain; the Claremont Film Festival in Claremont-Ferrand, France; the International Frauen Film Festival of Dortmund, Germany; the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto; the San Diego Latino Film Festival in California; and the Honolulu Film Festival of Hawaii. Fernánadez lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Sponsored by the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Latina/o Studies Program, American Studies Program, the Society for the Humanities, the Department of English, and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.