Ana Luisa Bernárdez is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, arts administrator and DJ based in Toronto. Her studio practice is largely influenced by the ongoing Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis, and by her own positionality and lived experience within it. Through installations, experimental photography, moving images and new media, Ana Luisa currently explores memory, saudade, and personal/collective archives in relation to mass migration and the diaspora she is part of.
Ana Luisa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University, and her works have been shown nationally in various galleries and artist run centres, including Xpace Cultural Centre, The Khyber Centre For The Arts and Sur Gallery, as well as internationally in Venezuela, Germany and the Worldwide Web.
She currently sits on Pleasure Dome's Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 period, and is a member of Colectivo Satelital, a collective of Venezuelan artists based in Toronto. Through Pleasure Dome and Satelital, Ana Luisa’s practice has significantly expanded to public programs curation, community-based work, and workshop facilitation.
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Photo by Jerome Clark
November 10th - 17th, 2021
A screening co-curated by myself and Sylvia Nowak for Pleasure Dome.
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON SHOWS
2020 Hands that gather and forget. In collaboration with Sebastián Rodríguez y Vasti. Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Desire(d) Paths, a Colectivo Satelital exhibition. Lakeshore Arts (Online), Toronto, ON.
2020 Making Spaces. Curated by Karina Román Justo. Sur Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Galvanized Suns. Online screening curated by Diasporic Futurisms, Toronto, ON.
Proyecciones: Bajo el Mar. Online screening curated by Portaespacios.Galería ABRA. Caracas, Venezuela.
Memorial: Work by Artists of the Venezuelan Diaspora. Curated by Camila Salcedo. Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON.
Memorial: Work by Venezuelan Diaspora Artists. Curated by Camila Salcedo. The Khyber Centre for the Arts. Halifax, NS.
2019 Reflections. INTAC exhibition curated by Peter Sramek. University of Applied Science Europe. Berlin, Germany.
Beyond Borders. Curated by Meera Margaret Singh and Charisse Fung. Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, OCAD U, Toronto, ON.
2021 (Upcoming) Moving Homeward. Co-curated with Sylvia Nowak. Pleasure Dome (online), Toronto, ON.
RESIDENCIES AND MENTORSHIPS
Present ISO Radio Resident
2021-22 Pride Toronto Artist Residency
2020 Xpace Summer Residency for Graduating OCAD U Students. Xpace Cultural Centre. Toronto, ON
2019-2020 Sur Gallery Mentorship Program. Sur Gallery, Toronto, ON
GRANTS, AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2021 Art Reach in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council (as Colectivo Satelital)
2020 Photography Program Medal Winner, OCAD University. Toronto, ON.
Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University. Toronto, ON
Project 31 Award, OCAD University. Toronto, ON
Partial Gallery Career Launcher recipient. CEAD, OCAD University
Gallery 44 Career Launcher recipient. CEAD, OCAD University. (Nominated by OCAD U). BMO 1st! Art Competition, Canada
2019 Stephen Bulger Gallery Scholarship, OCAD University. Toronto, ON
2018 Heartline Pictures Scholarship, OCAD University. Toronto, ON
2017 Second Year Photography Scholarship, OCAD University. Toronto, ON