Francisco-Fernando Granados
fgranados@faculty.ocadu.ca
Francisco-Fernando Granados
Francisco-Fernando Granados
Assistant Professor - CLTA
Faculty of Art
fgranados@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Performance, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Feminist & Queer Art, Queer Theory, Art Writing

Overview

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, curatorial and community-based projects. 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, Art Gallery of York University, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Gallery TPW, Trinity Square Video, Images Festival, NuitBlanche, Harbourfront Centre, Sur Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver Art Gallery, LIVE, VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Darling Foundry, 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). Upcoming projects include a new performance for Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI) in March of 2017.

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.

His writing has been published in exhibition catalogues, magazines, art journals, online platforms and books including FUSE, KAPSULA, Canadian Theatre Review, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. Writing about his work has been published in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and C Magazine. Awards and honours include Emerging Artist Grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, a Projects to Visual Artists grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Governor General’s Silver Medal for academic achievement upon graduating from Emily Carr University in 2010, and being named as one of Canada's 30 Under 30 by BLOUIN ARTINFO in 2014. He completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at OCAD University. 

Education

  • 2012    Master of Visual Studies – University of Toronto
  • 2010    Bachelor of Fine Arts – Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • 2007    Fine Arts Diploma – Langara College, Vancouver

Selected Exhibitions

SOLO PROJECTS

2017   

  • 1. Make a line. –  MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal QC (upcoming)

2016   

  • 1. Make a line.  Third Space Gallery, St. John, NB

2015   

  • how many feet… The Artists Newsstand, Toronto

2014   

  • true colours – Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
  • spatial profiling… Satellite Gallery, Vancouver
  • The Ballad of _____ B – Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre, Toronto

2013   

  • collapse – Katzman Contemporary/Canadian Art Gallery Hop, Toronto
  • spatial profiling… – Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, Toronto (collaboration with Margaret Dragu and Jessica Karuhanga)

2011   

  • crown – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

 

PERFORMANCE FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS & EVENTS

2016   

  • Running with Concepts: Choreographic Edition – University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Performance Pedagogies – Union Gallery, Queens University, Kingston ON
  • Draw to Perform – The Great Hall, OCADU, Toronto

2015   

  • Migrations and Movement: Ni de aqui, Ni de alla – Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, USA
  • Running with Concepts: Geologic Edition – University of Toronto Mississauga
  • First Thursday – Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • In Your Pocket – Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Toronto
  • Migrations and Movement: LRA 2 – Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, USA

2014   

  • Take Home the Unknown – SAVAC, Toronto
  • Migrations and Movement: Close Together – Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, USA
  • ARTATTACK! – Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto
  • TBD – Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto (collaboration with Aisle 4)
  • ENCUENTRO – Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Montreal (collaboration with Johanna Householder and Bojana Videkanic) 
  • Time Body Space Objects 3 – DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • Performatorium: Festival of Queer Performance – Neutral Ground, Regina SK

2013   

  • In Bodies We Trust – Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
  • In Your Pocket, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Toronto
  • LAPSody – University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
  • Invisible Violence – Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA
  • Invisible Violence – CEREV, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Invisible Violence – Gallery TPW, Toronto
  • Invisible Violence – Artspeak, Vancouver
  • Long Winter – The Great Hall, Toronto (collaboration with Golboo Amani)

2012   

  • Citizen Kenney: A Love Letter in 3 Parts – Videofag, Toronto
  • Related qualities of presence II – Darling Foundry, Montreal
  • RAPID PULSE – DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery, Chicago USA
  • Transmuted Performance Art Festival – Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City
  • TO:DF – The White House Project, Toronto (collaboration with Maryam Taghavi)

2011   

  • reLIVE – LIVE Performance Art Biennale/VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver
  • SWEATY BONES – ACCESS Artist Run Centre, Vancouver

2010   

  • Performance as Encounter – Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto
  • Code Live 2 – Vancouver Cultural Olympiad
  • Concerning the Heart – UBC First Nations House of Learning, Vancouver

2009   

  • When you have a nail, everything looks like a hammer – The Western Front, Vancouver
  • Body Plural – LIVE Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver
  • My Mother Worked in a Factory – Emily Carr University, Vancouver

2008   

  • Pressure to Perform – VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver

2007   

  • Public Displays of Affection – LIVE Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver
  • body - Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver

2005   

  • Out of the Rain – Gallery Gachet, Vancouver

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS                                                                    

2016   

  • Standard Forms – Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY
  • Art + Design Social Justice Exchange – OCADU, Toronto

2015   

  • True Patriot Love – SUR Gallery, Toronto
  • Htous / Htron: The New Coordinates for America – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto
  • Postcards to Toronto – Luminato Festival, Toronto

2014   

  • Queering the International – Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver
  • Gradient: From Gray to Color Scale - Multi-art Projects, Ioannina, Greece
  • Queering Citizenship – Satellite Gallery, Vancouver
  • There and Back Again – Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

2013   

  • Words – 三02, Matsuyama, Japan

2012   

  • CENTRE – Trinity Square Video, Toronto (collaboration with Cressida Kocienski)
  • Social Choreography – Gallery TPW, Toronto
  • prose; apostrophe, prior. – University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
  • Mahal – UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues, Vancouver

2011   

  • Convergences: 11 Stories of Migration in International Video Work – Kulturhuset,  Stockholm, Sweden
  • as if you still see it in front of you – XPACE/Images Festival, Toronto
  • Revisiting Ephemera – ArtLab, University of Western Ontario, London ON
  • 2010    Everything Everyday – Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Emily Carr University Award Winners – Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

2010

  • Graduation Exhibition – Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • PACT 4: TRADE – 221A Artist Run Centre/Centre A, Vancouver

2009   

  • The Politics of Romance – 221A Artist Run Centre, Vancouver
  • In the Company of Strangers – Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Awards \ Grants

2016   

  • Project Grants to Visual Artists – Canada Council for the Arts

2015   

  • Visual Artists, Emerging Grant – Ontario Arts Council

2014   

  • ARTINFO Canada's 30 Under 30
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant – Ontario Arts Council

2013   

  • Visual Artists, Emerging Grant – Ontario Arts Council

2012   

  • Visual Arts Grant (Emerging) – Toronto Arts Council
  • Travel Grant to Professional Artists – Canada Council for the Arts
  • Launch Pad Award for Emerging Talent in the Arts – University of Toronto Arts Council
  • MVS Purchase Award – Department of Art, University of Toronto

2011   

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Government of Ontario
  • The Benjamin Hart Lobko Travel Award – Department of Art, University of Toronto

2010   

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program, Master’s Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • David Buller Memorial Scholarship – Department of Art, University of Toronto
  • Governor General’s Silver Medal for Academic Achievement – Government of Canada
  • John C. Kerr Chancellor’s Award, Fine Arts Category – Emily Carr University

2008   

  • RBC Royal Bank Scholarship Award for Undergraduates, Visual Arts Category
  • Emily Carr University Achievement Scholarship

2007   

  • National In-course Excellence Award – Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

2006   

  • National In-course Excellence Award – Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

2005   

  • Joyce Kyi Bursary – Immigrant Services Society of BC

2004   

  • Dr. Kes Chetty Education Award – MOSAIC

Selected Publications

  • “Under Siege: Translating Luz Méndez de la Vega’s Wartime Poetry,” Himalayan Musk Rambler Decoys, ed: Fan Wu, number 2, Impulse [b:] Toronto: 2016.
  • “The Extended Scene: Seeing Queer Futurity through the work of Colin Campbell,” Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, AIDS and Memory, ed. Ricky Varghese, volume 13, number 2, 2016.
  • ‘Repetition, Pleasure, Mourning: A Conversation Between Francisco-Fernando Granados and Ricky Varghese,’ No More Potlucks: Repetition, ed. Michele Pearson Clarke, issue 45, Toronto: 2016.
  • ‘We Immigrants, We Refugees, We Citizens, We Settlers,’ voz-à-voz / voice-à-voice, e-fagia organization and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto: 2015
  • ‘Observation as Craft: Notes on a Conversation with Sarah Thornton,’ KAPSULA: The Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &…, volume 3, Toronto: 2015
  • ‘The Trace of Hostility,’ Abbas Akhavan: variations on a garden, Mercer Union, Toronto: 2015
  •  ‘The Trace of Hostility,’ Common Grounds, Villa Stuck/Hatje Cantz, Berlin: 2015
  • ‘The Ballad of ______ B,’ Canadian Theatre Review, Performing Products: When Acting Up Is Selling Out, eds. Schotzko et al, volume: 162, number 11, University of Toronto Press: 2015.
  • ‘This Will Have Been The Place: An Aesthetic Education and The Nation-to-Nation Dialogue,’ KAPSULA: Acting Out, volume 2, number 3, Toronto: 2014.
  • ‘A Manifesto for Performance Art,’ KAPSULA: Acting Out, volume 2, number 1, Toronto: 2014.
  • ‘apostrophe: Study for Three Reclining Figures,‘ Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ruin, volume 11, number 2, 2014.
  • ‘spatial profiling (After Margaret Dragu’s Eine Kleine Nacht Radio),’ PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, volume 36, number 2, The MIT Press, Cambridge: May 2014.
  • ‘Playing with Fire: Tania Bruguera’s Aesthetics of Sabotage,’ KAPSULA: Politics of Aesthetics, volume 1, number 2, Toronto: 2013.
  • ‘Peopled by the Unknown: Suspending Frames of War.’ exhibition essay, Gallery 44, Toronto: 2013.
  • ‘Confessions of an Ungrateful Refugee: Mass Arrivals,’ exhibition essay, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto: 2013.
  • ‘sight specific,’ curatorial essay, FADO Performance Art Centre, Toronto: 2013.
  • ‘Cambiando Escalas: Sobre La Estética del Proceso…’ Exhibition essay: Julian Higuerey - Modelo para una refinería petrolera de escala familiar, Oficina #1, Caracas: 2012.
  • crown,’ Emergency INDEX 2011, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn NY: 2012.
  • ‘Radical Humanism: Judith Butler’s Frames of War,’ Fuse Magazine, volume 34, number 4, Fall, Toronto: 2011.
  • ‘Brutalizing Veneers: Pamela Masik’s The Forgotten (Preview),’ Fuse Magazine, volume 33,  number 3, Fall, Toronto: 2010.
  • ‘Art. Now. How. (Author’s Edit),’ pamphlet, Emily Carr Student Union, Vancouver: 2010.
  • ‘Art. Now. How (Emily Carr Edit),’ graduation catalogue, ECUAD, Vancouver: 2010.
  • ‘Reciprocal Gazing: Reflections of an Ungrateful Refugee,’ Fuse Magazine, volume 32, number 4, Winter, Toronto: 2009.
  • ‘The New Water Sports: Totalitarian Aesthetics, Pride and the Cleansing of Queer Identity in Noam Gonick’s No Safe Words,’ exhibition essay: No Safe Words, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver: 2009.