Art History School: Priscila Fernandes

25 June, 7:30-9 pm
Artist talk by Priscila Fernandes and an interactive lecture by Matisse Huiskens

Many of us know Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso. We’ve heard of expressionism, the renaissance and maybe Russian suprematism. If we’ve really studied, maybe we can make a chronology of art. But there are many art histories and each artist has their own. HMK’s Art History School is a thematic art history lecture tailored to the art histories of our artists in residence. Learn about the artworks that inspire our artists and how they use inspiration from art history in their own artistic practice.

This interactive lecture focuses on art history related to the work of Priscila Fernandes. We will look at work from different periods and countries, from George Seurat’s 1886 A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte to modernist artworks, all the way to today. The lecture was given by art historian Matisse Huiskens with an introduction to her work by Priscila Fernandes herself. After the lecture, we enjoyed a drink in HMK’s bar.

This session of the HMK’s Art History School is part of the chapter Endurance in the year programme Slow Burn.

Priscila Fernandes is a visual artist living and working in Rotterdam. Her work 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. Her work has been exhibited widely, among others at the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; Museum Reina Sofia, Spain; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway; and in the Netherlands at TENT, Rotterdam and  Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

Matisse Huiskens studied Art History at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the UvA and the University of Salerno, Italy, focusing on the role of artist Fred Carasso (1898-1969) in various European cities after the Italian fascist regime came into power. As a critic, he contributes to art magazines on a regular basis and he serves as secretary of the Dutch section of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. For the next few years, he will be a research fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome.

Image: Priscila Fernandes, Against the enamel, 2014

Photography: Jörn Nettingsmeier