Magda Fernandez is a Cuban-born, Boston-based artist who has been creating experimental videos since 2006. Fernandez creates silent, synthetic worlds that speak loudly about power and oppression, reality and fantasy, and memory and history. Fernandez's videos received the Los Angeles Experimental Forum's Best Experimental Short and Audience Awards (2018), Venezuela’s 5 Continents International Film Festival’s Best Video Art Award (June 2018), the International New York Film Festival's Silver Experimental Award (2018), the London Independent Film Awards’ Best Experimental (October 2017), and additional Honorable Mentions in the LA Underground Film Forum (2018) and the Experimental Forum (2018). Fernandez’s videos also were Official Selections in the Queens World Film Festival (2019), the South Film and Arts Academy Festival in Chile (2018), and the Sydney World Film Festival (2017). Her videos have been exhibited in “Nine Moments for Now” at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University, “STAND UP” at Kayafas Gallery, "latinx@americanaza" at Samson Gallery, and in "La Cubana y El Cubano" at the Copley Society. In 2010, Fernandez was invited to present her videos-in-progress at Ute Meta Bauer and Joan Jonas' Art, Culture, and Technology Lectures Series: "The Theatrical/The Performative/The Transformative" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For her past artwork, Fernandez received grants from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and was a finalist for both the Cintas Foundation Fellowship and Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant.
Official Selection
to my slave-owning, slave-trading cuban ancestors. to the 300-year lot of you
Queens World Film Festival
Jackson Heights, NY
2019
2018 Best Experimental Short, The Audience Award
to my slave-owning, slave-trading cuban ancestors. to the 300-year lot of you
Experimental Forum
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Official Selection, July 2018 Edition
to my 5th great-grandmother
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua, O'Higgins
2018 Honorable Mention
to my 5th great-grandmother
Experimental Forum
Los Angeles, CA
June 2018 Best Video Art Award
to my 5th great-grandmother
5 Continents International Film Festival
Venezuela
June 2018 Official Selection - Short Film
to my slave-owning, slave-trading cuban ancestors. to the 300-year lot of you
5 Continents International Film Festival
Venezuela
2018 Honorable Mention
sangre podrida
LA Underground Film Forum
Los Angeles, CA
2018 Honorable Mention
querido cuba
LA Underground Film Forum
Los Angeles, CA
2017 Silver Award - Experimental Category
colonial blindness
International New York Film Festival
New York
October 2017 Best Experimental Short
colonial blindness
London Independent Film Awards
London
Fall 2017 Official Selection - Experimental Film
desert
Sydney World Film Festival
Sydney
College
Smith College
Government, B.A.
Birth City
Havana, Cuba
Current City
Boston, MA
Gender
Female
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