Art/Action: Artists’ Films
20 February – 11 March 2018
Art/Action is a three-part artist film programme. Each pioneering film introduces viewers to artistic expressions of socio-political concerns. They investigate political repression and raise awareness of issues often marginalised by freedom of speech violations and media control.
Ana Teresa Fernández, Erasing the Border / Borrando La Frontera, 2012, 3:38 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
This film captures one of a series of political actions the artist took on the border wall between Mexico and the US. Through the subversive act of painting out part of the wall, the barrier becomes less powerful, undermined by the relative ease with which it can be visually altered and challenged.
Ana Teresa Fernández
Ana Teresa Fernández (b. 1981, Tampico, Mexico) lives and works in San Francisco, California. Her work often begins as a time-based action or social gesture that explores the politics of intersectionality. Her practice includes community-based projects, public art, sculpture, performance, video, and larger-than-life oil paintings that critique cultural assumptions and stereotypes about Latina women and illuminate the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Erasure', Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA (2016); 'All or Nothing’, First Street Gallery, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA (2015); and 5W Public Art Project in Downtown San Francisco in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts, TROKA TROKA Public Art Project, San Francisco, CA. Previous group exhibitions include ‘Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artist Explore Place', Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017); ‘UNSETTLED', Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2017); Ana Mendieta/ Threads of Influence’, Arizona Sate University Art Museum, Tempe, AK (2016); and ‘Galeria Sin Fronteras’, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL.