Area(s) of ExpertisePerformance, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Feminist & Queer Art, Queer Theory, Art Writing
Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His practice extends from performance and drawing into a range of media that includes site-specific installation, moving image, text, public and participatory projects. He uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to challenge perceptions regarding the stability of identity categories. Born in the midst of the Guatemalan Civil War, his experience of coming to Canada as a refugee informs the aesthetics and politics of his practice. His work develops from the intersection of traditional formal training in painting and printmaking, studies in cultural theory, early activism with newcomer youth communities, and working through artist-run culture.
Granados has maintained a near-daily drawing practice since 2016. From this non-figurative body of work, he has crafted the idea of minor abstraction as a way to guide untranslatable compositional impulses away from Modernist claims of autonomy. Forms of minor abstraction emphasize ephemeral materials, site-specific approaches, and non-art contexts. They seek to infuse non-objective visual vocabularies within open-ended politics informed by the artist’s queer and refugee experiences.
Recent projects include 'contact study: rehearsals in minor abstraction' commissioned by Artcite Inc. as part of the HOTSPOT series of livestream performances, 'duet', a two-person exhibition with Canadian modernist painter Jack Bush in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Peterborough and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and a publication/mail art project with Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal titled 'co-respond-dance Version II'.
He has presented work in galleries, museums, theatres, artist-run centres and non-traditional sites since 2005. These venues include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union, Art Gallery of York University, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Gallery TPW, Trinity Square Video, Images Festival, Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront Centre, Sur Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver Art Gallery, LIVE, VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Darling Foundry, MAI – Montreal arts interculturels, Fofa Gallery (Montreal), University of Western Ontario (London), Queens University (Kingston), Neutral Ground (Regina), Third Space (St. John) Hessel Museum of Art (NY), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Voices Breaking Boundaries (Houston) Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Kulturhuset (Stockholm), and Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts (Helsinki).
He has curated exhibitions, performance art programs, and screenings for 221A Artist Run Centre, LIVE (Vancouver), FADO Performance Art Centre, Xpace Cultural Centre, and Pleasure Dome (Toronto). As a member of the 7a*11d International Performance Festival Collective, he has been involved in the organization of the largest performance art festival in Canada since 2012.