Brendan Fernandes, Lost Bodies

Published by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's

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Lost Bodies brings a world-renowned Canadian artist’s work into dialogue with two of the country’s most distinctive collections of African art: The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario and the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada. Brendan Fernandes offers multiple points of connection that draw upon traditional African textiles, costume and masks, gestures of Western ballet, and elegant, poetic dance choreographies within the museum vault, filmed in the archive of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

With this fresh approach to re-presenting African artifacts in formal museum displays, Fernandes reconsiders museum conventions in a set of new video, print and sculptural interventions. The artist’s montage of Western classical dance and the collected object is concentrated around precise body language that raises questions about visual and discursive practices that shape understandings of African art within public collections.

  • 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch ( 14 cm x 21.6 cm)  127 pages