Ana Teresa Fernandez’s site-specific installation at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area at 7th Avenue and lower Buckeye uses reflective materials to capture the desert landscape and create the illusion of water. The work grapples with Fernandez’s ongoing themes of beauty and destruction, human rights and land displacement as well as referencing the history of land art.
Oasis is organized as part of the exhibition Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta, on view Sept. 24–Dec. 31, 2016 at ASU Art Museum. The exhibition includes an iconic selection of Ana Mendieta’s work in conversation with artists working today in ways that trace back to Mendieta’s innovations.
This event is organized by ASU Performance in the Borderlands, ASU Art Museum and CALA Alliance with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.
Ana Teresa Fernández was born in Mexico and lives and works in California. Like Mendieta, her art focuses largely on nationality and race, particularly the political relationship between Mexico and the U.S. In one of her most poignant works, Erasing the Border, she wears a dress and heels to camouflage a portion of the border wall into the sky, recontextualizing a number of sociopolitical possibilities, even if just for a moment. Beyond these approaches, much of her art addresses questions of visibility and related gender and racial inequalities.