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Keynote Conversation

Saturday, November 03 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Garcia Honda Auditorium - Pearl Hall

Keynote Conversation

The keynote event will be a conversation between artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and art historian Mario Ontiveros. Fernandez's interdisciplinary work, ranging from photography, to painting, to time based actions, illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.  Ontiveros' research seeks to build productive links between sociopolitical awareness, political engagement, critical theory, artistic practice, and contemporary society. Their conversation will be a point of conflux among these areas of research.

Ana Teresa Fernandez:

Ana Teresa Fernández, born in 1980 in Tampico, Mexico, lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil paintings, installations and videos. Within her work, performance becomes a tool for investigation as strong feminist undercurrents flow together with post-colonial rhetoric. Through her work, the artist illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.

Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. Her work has been collected by institutions such the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Kadist Art Foundation.

The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award in 2008 and her films have been screened at festivals internationally including, but not limited to, MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, Claremont Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand, France, the International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany, the Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego, CA, and the Honolulu Film Festival, Honolulu, HI. In 2018, Fernández's solo exhibition for Gallery Wendi Norris's offsite exhibition in Miami will travel to the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University and be accompanied by a publication.

Mario Ontiveras:

Mario Ontiveros is the editor and a contributor to Baca: Art, Collaboration, and Mural Making (Angel City Press, 2017). An assistant professor of art history at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), his research interests include how critical art practices respond to geopolitical challenges, such as global capitalism, deindustrialization, immigration, and intolerance; and how impermanence and instability can create spaces for self-organizing, solidarity, and conviviality. Along with contributing to the MFA Program at VCFA, he serves on the editorial board of X-TRA, a contemporary art journal based in Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in art history from UCLA.


Ana Teresa Fernandez
Ana Teresa Fernandez
Mario Ontiveros
Mario Ontiveros

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