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Textile Museum of Canada presents
Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies

November 9, 2016 – March 10, 2017
Opening reception and catalogue launch: Friday November 11, 6:30 – 8 pm, Open to the public, all are welcome
7:30pm: Brendan Fernandes presents a special performance of In Touch, danced by Lua Shayenne within the spaces of the exhibition.

Artist and Curator will be in attendance

Conversation in the Gallery: November 12, 2016, 2 pm. Join Brendan Fernandes and Sunny Kerr as they discuss issues of identity and the body in the exhibition. Free with admission

Lost Bodies brings a Canadian artist’s work in dialogue with two of this country’s most distinctive collections of African art: the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada. Brendan Fernandes has selected works from both collections and presents them in dialogue with his own new video, print and performance work. He juxtaposes a set of performances of colonial inheritance – ballet gestures that derive from deferential manners of the French court and the conventions of museum display – with collected objects of African origin to raise questions about visual and discursive practices that shape a range of perspectives of African art within public museums.

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent based in Chicago. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and MASS MoCA. Numbering over 500 works by West and Central African peoples, the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art ranks among Canada’s most comprehensive. The Textile Museum of Canada’s permanent collection contains more than 13,000 textiles and includes ceremonial cloths, garments, carpets, quilts and related artifacts that reflect the cultural and aesthetic significance of textiles over the centuries.

Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies is accompanied by a colour-illustrated book published by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre that will be available in the Museum Shop.

This exhibition is curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and has been developed in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada. The project is made possible by The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Foundation Fund and George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University. Special thanks are extended to Otis Tamasauskas and Ryan Laidman of the Queen’s University Fine Art Program for their assistance in the realization of the show.


Textile Museum of Canada
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Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

About the Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding. Connecting contemporary art and design to international textile traditions, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 13,000 artifacts from virtually every country and region, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC is as “high tech” as “high touch” – recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.