Virtual Talk: Michael Fernandes with Jason St-Laurent


Left: Michael Fernandes, still from video profile produced by the Canada Council for the Arts, directed by Scott Miller Berry (2020)
Right: Jason St-Laurent, photo by Joshua Soucie (2019)

Virtual talk: Michael Fernandes with Jason St-Laurent

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
April 14, 2021 at 5pm EST
Presentation in English — FREE
RSVP required —

Over the course of an “at home” residency that spanned the months of January through March 2021, the artist Michael Fernandes has been sharing his daily thoughts in the form of images and short texts on the Instagram platform @beforeandaftertheelectriccar. Intrigued by the poetry of everyday life, by the art that emerges from the maritime environment where he has resided for more than three decades, and by the immediacy of improvised creation, Fernandes sought to establish a diaristic dialogue with himself, as well as with a larger virtual audience.

On April 14 at 5pm EST, Fernandes will be in conversation with Ottawa-based artist-curator Jason St-Laurent to delve deeper into his project, Before and After the electric car.

All are welcome.

About the speakers

Michael Fernandes is a Trinidad-born artist who came to Canada in the 1960s to study at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His works often rely on polemical constructs like “us and them” to provoke a self-recognition on the part of the viewer. His installations have a sense of improvisation and literalism, which results in an intimacy and directness and opposes the packaged, the streamlined and the simulated. One could say—at least metaphorically—that his work is in the first person, present tense, and that it stands against facade and spectacle in favour of activism. At NSCAD, where he has taught since 1973, Michael is known for the subtlety of his pedagogical methods. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and abroad. In 2020, Fernandes was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Jason St-Laurent is an artist and curator who studied fine arts at the Université de Moncton and the University of Toronto. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, South Africa, Romania and Finland, notably at the Western Front in Vancouver, VertexList in New York City, the South African National Gallery Annex and MUU in Helsinki. As a curator, St-Laurent has presented more than 50 projects in Canada, South Africa, Finland and Estonia, including SCATALOGUE: 30 Years of Crap in Contemporary Art at Galerie SAW Gallery, Voices in Transit at the Cape Town Central Train Station in South Africa, and Videogram International Media Art Exchange as programmer for SAW Video. He is now the curator at Galerie SAW Gallery since 2012.

The GNO is temporarily closed due to public health restrictions. Currently, the GNO is not an accessible space, and will thus focus on virtual programming until we move into our permanent location at the Place des Arts de Sudbury in 2022. For more details, please contact

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Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
City of Greater Sudbury

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