Mithu Sen and Brendan Fernandes | Crisis and Creativity: Virtual Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative

When 25 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020
Where Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at UC Berkeley
10 Stephens Hall (Rear Annex)
Berkeley, CA 94720-2310
United States

 Mithu Sen

 Brendan Fernandes

 Institute for South Asia StudiesSarah Kailath Chair of India StudiesSouth Asia Art InitiativeDepartment of History of ArtDepartment of Art PracticeCenter for New Media

The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley is delighted to launch Crisis and Creativity: Virtual Artist in Residence @ UC Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative with artists Mithu Sen (New Delhi) and Brendan Fernandes (Chicago).

Artists’ residencies and their affiliative senses of travel and mobility with which we are by now all too familiar is all but nada in the time of a global pandemic. Yet, the word residency is inundated with the sensibilities of being in place, of domicile, and of dwelling. Recapturing these senses, Crisis and Creativity: Virtual Artist in Residence @ UC Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative has invited artists Mithu Sen(New Delhi) and Brendan Fernandes (Chicago) to experiment with new forms of making, translate embodied creative processes into a digital realm, and craft new modes of audience engagement across dispersed latitudes and time zones.

The 72-hour virtual residency will be live streamed for the entire duration at the homepage of the South Asia Art Initiative.

DATES: Sunday, October 25 – Tuesday, October 27, 2020
TIME: 12am Berkeley | 7am London | 12pm Lahore | 12:30pm New Delhi | Calculate Your Local Time

Click the links below to view the artists in their virtual residencies: (Note: Links will go live at 12am PST on Oct. 25, 2020)

Mithu Sen (New Delhi)
Brendan Fernandes (Chicago)

This virtual residencies will also be live streamed on the Initiative’s FB page: SAAIatUCBerkeley

Mithu Sen performs conceptual and interactive multi format byproducts which include drawing, poetry, moving images, sculptures, installations, sound and others. Her practice manifests human interactions, employing the medium of life to actualize her art production. She constantly (un)defines concepts and their functioning with regard to acceptable modes of interactions, questioning pre-codified hierarchies that define social performance of roles, politics of tabooed identity that marks the other and the plethora of constructs that actualize human existence as a reality. Through radical hospitality, lingual anarchy, counter capitalism, untaboo sexuality and unmonolith identity; the artist persistently explores the void of inbetweeness, where (un)constructs dwell, waiting to be (un)realised.

Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Currently based out of Chicago, Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Brendan’s projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity. Brendan is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2007) and a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship (2014). In 2010, he was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, and is the recipient of a prestigious 2017 Canada Council New Chapters grant. Brendan is also the recipient of the Artadia Award (2019), a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2020) and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant (2019). His projects have shown at the 2019 Whitney Biennial (New York); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Museum of Modern Art (New York); The Getty Museum (Los Angeles); the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); MAC (Montreal); among a great many others. He is currently artist-in-residency and faculty at Northwestern University and represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Recent and upcoming projects include performances and solo presentations at the Noguchi Museum (New York); Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); and the Museo De Arte São Paulo (São Paulo).

The South Asia Art Initiative, inaugurated in Spring 2018, is the culmination of a comprehensive art program, built over the past several years, that promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions. The goal of the Initiative is to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research. To read more about the Initiative or to help support its various fundraising goals, please click HERE.

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Image courtesy of the event organizer.