Mojada / Ana Teresa Fernandez

Commissioned by MACLA, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Jose Downtown Association.

Mojada (2012) is a site-specific film series that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at MACLA's Noche Electria outdoor projector (510 S. 1st Street) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

Siren’s SongFont-Wet-BackIce QueenBorrando la Frontera, and Trono de Oro will make the video series of Mojada.

Mojada is a performance based film series about borders, bodies and buoyancy. Mojada will show 5 videos back to back, all actually in or based around water, and through different states of water. The site specific performance work addresses issues of immigration, feminism and class differences. 

When asked to think about Silicon Valley intersecting with Art and Technology my brain tends to go to the human element behind the machine. I think about the chemical build up of Silicon Valley, specifically San Jose, and cannot imagine it would exist without its massive immigrant population. Somewhere behind all the flashiness and news of social media, technology and branding the people get obscured. Mojada will use technology but to undress the layers that hide this forgotten population and project them widely at the center of the map. Mojada addresses political and social conflicts in an abstract form that ignites questioning rather than giving answers. Technology is a valuable tool of communication. Fernandez's work and specifically Mojada, provides a broader range of communication that doesn’t require a language, but instead uses symbols, actions, and the body.

This project will be exhibited as 
part of the ArtHERE program at MACLA's
Noche Electrica Outdoor Projector (510 S. 1st Street) 
from September 12-December 8, 2012. 
Free and open to the public

Ana Teresa Fernandez

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Bio

Ana Teresa Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. She received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Ana Teresa’s work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, LA, Chicago and New York within the US, as well as in Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa and Mexico. Fernandez was the Tournasol awardee at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007, as well as being selected to be part of the Triennial, Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She was the recipient for the Creative Work Grant, Neighborhood Public Art Grant, and the Cultural Equity Grant. She was also chosen for the National Association Latino Art and Culture Award. Her films have been featured at ArtHouse Madrid, Woodstock Film Festival. Fernandez has attended La Fragua Residency in Cordova, Spain, Greatmore Art Center Residency program in South Africa, Jakmel, Haiti at the Fondation D’Art Jakmel, and in Juarez, Mexico through the LEF Foundation.