These works were developed from an intensive period of research during a mid-career fellowship resulting in a solo exhibition. The body of work focuses on cultural displacement and dislocation of my own immigrant experience. As I negotiate my own pluralistic cultural identity in context to contemporary issues of global displacement and migration as well as Diaspora in the 20th century, I use the history of my Spanish heritage to blend and embed in these contemporary works, echoing narratives and images from a bygone era which also resonate in present times.
The legacy of the Spanish Civil War left many families displaced and with a fragmented history. By carefully delving into the disremembered spaces her familyʼs pasts, Fernández has been able to unearth narratives in order to evoke images to piece together fragments of a shattered, emotional and forgotten past. Drawing on these fragments, these works embody the traces, voices and memories from the past that are blended and embedded in Spanish art and history.
This exhibition, developed from an intensive period of research during a mid-career fellowship, specifically focuses on cultural displacement and dislocation, as she negotiates her pluralistic cultural identity in context to contemporary issues of global displacement and migration as well as Spanish Diaspora in the 20th century. These works represent interpretations, narratives and images that are blended and embedded, referencing Spanish history and art.
This project is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.