Priscila Fernandes
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021 XB Rotterdam

Division of Labour
Galeria Fernando Santos

Website design:
Chino Chano

The projects on this site are generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund, CBK Rotterdam and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


Priscila Fernandes (1981, Portugal) is a visual artist living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Her practice is rooted in an ongoing research into education, play, and the dialectics of work and leisure. She works in a broad range of media, from video, installation, sound, sculpture, drawing, painting, photograhy and text.
Priscila Fernandes studied at the National College of Art & Design (BA Fine Art Painting) in Dublin and at the Piet Zwart Institute (MA Fine Art) in Rotterdam. In 2011 she was a finalist for the Prix de Rome. She was a resident artist at Künstlerhais Bethanien in Berlin, IAPSIS Stockholm and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Her work has been exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions include Live Uncertainty - 32nd São Paulo Biennial with the installation Cuckoo Land and Other FuturesThe Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School at Foundation Joan Miró, Barcelona; Back to the sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy, Rekjavík Art Museum; Playgrounds, Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; PIGS, Artium Basque Museum; Learning for Life, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; 12 Contemporaries, Serralves Museum, Porto; Those bastards in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory, at TENT, Rotterdam; and This is the time. This is the Record of the Time at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2018, Free. To do whatever we, Artissima, Turin, Italy
  • 2018, Luísa Wedding, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto, Portugal
  • 2015, Those bastard in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory., TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014, Ces salopards en casquettes venus se divertir et se reposer au bord de la mer au lieu de continuer à travailler à l'usine., PHAKT Centre Culturel Colombier, Rennes, France
  • 2014, Against the Enamel, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
  • 2014, ¿Y EL ARTE?, Espai13 - Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (cur. by uan Canela and Ane Agirre Loinaz)
  • 2014, Against the Enamel, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Rayne Booth)
  • 2013, Para um Mundo Melhor, Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • 2012, Once Upon a Time No Longer, Apice for Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2009, In Search of the Self, Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
  • 2007, Drosophila Melanogaster, Four Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (cur. by Lee Welch)
  • Curatorial
  • 2018, Bo'i Palu, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Dreaming of Cockaigne, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Publications
  • 2018, DARDO Magazine, no. 33, Dardo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2015, Volume #45: Learning, Archis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015, On Boycott, Censorship and Educational Practices, De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cur. by Renata Cervetto)
  • 2014, ¿Y El Arte? – The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School
  • 2011, Lenticular Scorpions find Cheese on Mars, Espacio Abisal, Spain (cur. by Juan Canela)
  • 2010, Virtual Fictional, Printed Project No. 13, Ireland (cur. by Kevin Atherton)
  • 2010, If You Say Something, See Something, Piet Zwart Institute (cur. by Mai Abu Eldahab)
  • Reviews
  • 2018, Movimentos e ideias a caminho entre, DARDO Magazine, Spain (by Ángel Calvo Ulloa)
  • 2016, New forms of agency, Spike Magazine (by Lars Bang Larsen)
  • 2016, Millennials, by Loes van Beuningen, Metropolis M - nº5, The Netherlands
  • 2016, A arte feira por mulheres é diferente?, Ipslon, Público,, Portugal (by Isabel Salema)
  • 2016, A bienal de São Paulo é agora um jardim, Público, Portugal (by Isabel Salema)
  • 2014, The Phanton of Liberty - History’s Intimate Others: The child and its play in contemporary art, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and Sternberg Press (by Lars Bang Larsen)
  • 2014, Priscila Fernandes faz escola em Barcelona, Público, PT, Público, Portugal
  • 2014, Against The Enamel: An Interview with Priscila Fernandes, Totally Dublin, Ireland (by Rosa Abbott)
  • 2014, Portugal 2014: mise au point, Vanessa Rato, Ípsilon, Público, 14th February 2014, PT (by Portugal)
  • 2012, Once Upon A Time No Longer, Lost Painters, The Netherlands (by Niek Hendrik)
  • 2012, På kjempers skuldre (The mighty shoulders), KUNST Forum, Norway (by Nicolai Strom-Olsen)
  • 2012, Exit Limerick 2012, Limerick Reader, Ireland
  • 2012, Exit Limerick 2012, Limerick Reader, Limerick, Rep. Ireland
  • 2012, Aidan Dunne, EVA’s brawn feels familiar in Limerick, Irish Times, Ireland
  • 2012, EVA’s brawn feels familiar in Limerick, Irish Times, Rep. Ireland (by Aidan Dunne)
  • 2011, Pedro Faro, Figurações Científicas, Público, Portugal
  • 2011, Chris Bors, Critics' Picks: Prix de Rome 2011,
  • 2011, Machteld Leij, Prix de Rome 2011, Kunstbeeld, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Henny de Lange, Weining elan dit keer bij Prix de Rome, Trouw, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Koen Kleijn, Prix de Rome, de Groene Amsterdammer, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Rutger Pontzen, Prix de Rome, Volkskrant, The Netherlands
  • 2011, Raymond Boogaard, Prix de Rome Schetst Idyllische Wereld, NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands
  • 2010, Mike Sperlinger. Letter on a Brief, If you say something, see something, Piet Zwart Institute, The Netherlands
  • 2008, Niall de Buitléar, Inspired by human curiosity: an interview with Priscila Fernandes, Circa Contemporary Art in Ireland, Ireland
  • 2007, Tim Stott, Launch/Making Do., Circa Contemporary Art in Ireland, Ireland
  • 2006, Abracadabra, Village Magazine, Ireland
  • 2006, Aidan Dunne, A Challenge to the Conventional, The Irish Times, Ireland
  • 2006, Aidan Dunne, Art Students Pile - The metaphors high, The Irish Times, Ireland
  • Collections
  • 2017, In4Art, The Netherlands
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