‘To understand Gomes’s work is to understand the importance of her authorial hand in the validation of her work – which can perhaps be perceived as a self-portrait, charting her relationship with the material as she manipulates it into a sculptural object – a modernist perspective at odds with the more contemporary notion that it is the beholding subject who dictates the semantics of a work.’1
Fernanda Gomes (b.1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gomes recently participated in the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2013), the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil, curated by Luis Perez-Oramas (2012) and the Rennes Biennial, France (2012).
Gomes has had solo exhibitions at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2019); Vienna Secession, Austria (2019); Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2017); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paolo, Brazil (2017); Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2013); Centre International de l’art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France (2013); City Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2012); MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2006); and Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (1997).
Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); The Warehouse, Dallas, US (2019); PAC, Milan, Italy (2018); MAM Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); The Warehouse, Dallas, US (2017); Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy (2016); and David Zwirner, New York, US (2016).
Gomes’s work is included in many international museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, US; Miami Art Museum, US; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tate, London, UK.
1. Oliver Basciano, ArtReview, 21 July 2014
Lygia Clark, Fernanda Gomes, Ana Mendieta & Michelle Stuart
in ‘The Sensation of Space’, The Warehouse, Dallas