Fernando do Campo joined UNSW Art & Design as Associate Lecturer in 2017. Prior to that he was based at New York’s Parsons School of Design as the Inaugural John Monash Foundation Cultural Scholar. Fernando is an Argentinian and Australian artist, writer and curator. He has presented projects internationally, particularly in Australia and the USA. His research is interested in uncovering the remnant stains of coloniality that he argues continuously perform in all sites that humans inhabit. Recent work has used a practice of birdwatching, curatorial methodology and post-humanist writing to examine the documented and undocumented histories of introduced species in the global south. Working across studio disciplines, writing, and curatorial practices, Fernando is interested in the generative power of decoloniality.
Recent solo exhibitions include: I always hear you before I see you, Praxis Gallery, New York (2017); Localized Contagion, Praxis Gallery, New York (2015); Figure behind a lake, Australian Consulate General, New York (2015); Come away closer, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin (2014); and Two clouds passing behind stars, Mclemoi Gallery, Sydney (2013). Recent group exhibitions and projects include: Atavast, curated by Jess English, Standard Practice, Brooklyn (2016), I can because you do, curated by Alhena Katsof, Participant Inc. New York (2016); When Contradictions Collide, curated by Alasdair Doyle, NextWave Festival, Melbourne (2016) and Why Listen to Animals? curated by Danni Zuvela and Joel Stern, Liquid Architecture at Westspace, Melbourne (2016); and Rainbow and Others, commissioned by Geoff Robinson, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne (2016)..
Fernando was Artistic Director, Sawtooth ARI (2009-2013), Team Leader, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2013, and Curatorial Assistant, The New School Art Collection from 2014-2016. While at The New School Fernando was also a member of the research group CDRL (Curatorial Design Research Lab). He has curated freelance exhibitions and projects for Ten Days on the Island, Junction Arts Festival, Devonport Regional Gallery, Contemporary Arts Tasmania; Schloss Laudon, Vienna; and Parsons School of Design, New York.
Fernando has also received awards from the Australian Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, and Parsons School of Design. He has undertaken residencies at the Chelsea Westminster Hospital, London; Cite International des Arts, Paris and BMUKK, Austrian Ministry of Culture, Vienna. He holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Painting and Art Theory) from the University of Tasmania; Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University; and a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from Parsons School of Design, The New School.
Fernando launched the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans) in December 2015. He is currently working towards a series of exhibition outcomes for the HSSH in Australia and the USA, and a major curatorial project for the 2017 Tasmanian International Arts Festival, A decolonial geographic, at Devonport Regional Gallery (touring nationally 2017-19). Fernando is represented by Praxis Gallery, Buenos Aires & New York.