Fernando do Campo | Parsons Fine Arts - 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

Argentina, 1987
fernandodocampo.com

"YET TO LIVE IN A PLACE WITHOUT HOUSE SPARROWS," 2016 acrylic on board overall size, 20""(l) x 10""(h)

"Fictional Archive 1 (house sparrow)," 2015 acrylic on board 36' x 48'

"Localized Contagion," 2015 acrylic on wall site-specific commission (entire stairwell) Praxis International Art, New York

"The history of the house sparrow in Northern America manifesto," 2015-2016 table, museum labels, vitrine, paintings overall installation size 8""(l) x 6""(h) x 4""(w)

Artist Statement

Humans have historically enforced a species based status on all other beings and ignored our own when engaging in any socio-historical discourse. In an epoch where the anthropos is no longer a species on the planet but rather its presence dictates the way the planet functions, human is planet itself. If we are to consider how to exist in this time, then the human-centric hierarchy needs inter-ruption. I am interested in rethinking this order through the presence of introduced species, par-ticularly birds. Due to its current range and my own Argentinian and Australian history, house sparrows (Passer domesticus L.) have always been part of my ‘southern’ landscape. Recent work has focused on the house sparrow as a signifier for coloniality. An unconventional practice of birdwatching, shifting in focus to the species that are always present invited a reconsideration of human affect towards them. My work shifts across scholarly, material and social practices through studio, curatorial, writing and collaborative platforms. Central to this is the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans) an entity I formed in 2015. The HSSH engages with cultural, scientific and historical collections to research the documentation of the introduction of species other than hu-mans. The society also produces its own records and conversations. Often employing the tropes of natural history collection displays, HSSH presentations can include archival material, symposia, text, bird watching, painting, walks and curatorial projects. The HSSH gives form to dialogue across multi-disciplinary fields of enquiry; these encompass multiple modes of visual representa-tion as well as open curatorial and collaborative models. Thinking through notions of the anthro-pocene offers a framework through which to enter a decolonial project in an attempt to revisit the genre of landscape, both pictorially and discursively.

Artist Bio

Fernando do Campo (b. Argentina, 1987) is an artist, writer and curator. He formed the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans) in New York City, 2015. He has presented over a dozen solo exhibitions in Australia and the USA as well as being curated into group exhibitions internationally. Fernando has received awards from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Aus-tralia Council for the Arts and undertaken residencies at the Chelsea Westminster Hospital, London, Cite International des Arts, Paris and BMUKK, Vienna. Fernando is a General Sir John Monash Cultural Scholar. He is represented by Praxis International Art, New York.