Annette Fernando


Here then, was I / Here now, am I
Annette Fernando, Alistair Leys, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Ema Pina, Helen Wilson

Exhibition Dates: 7-29 July 2018

Thames-Side Studios presents Here then, was I / Here now, am I, a group exhibition featuring works by Annette Fernando, Alistair Leys, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Ema Pina and Helen Wilson.

The exhibition brings together a group of artists whose works reflect one’s relationship with the outside world through a personal quest into one’s self. Inner thoughts and shared aspirations, ubiquitous screens and physical surroundings are presented intertwined. Each artist, guided by their self-awareness, navigates the murky sea of the tangible and the digital world.

The show’s title is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s extended essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) and the docufiction film by Portuguese director Pedro Costa In Vanda’s Room (2000). Whereas Woolf critiques the conditions required for the success of female writers, Costa cuts a space for emigrant junkies and the socially excluded. Both resort to fictions within reality in order to carve out a literal and figurative space from where to voice what remains unheard. To have one’s own room is a fundamental desire difficult for millennials to achieve in London, both literally and metaphorically. A desire to reclaim space and time for the individual. Focusing on issues of personal and social identity, the exhibition hopes to highlight the importance of creative work in questioning the ‘self’ and in understanding one’s role within society.