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Brendan Fernandes The Left Space
Graphic image from The Left Space, Brendan Fernandes in collaboration with Jerome Harris.

Brendan Fernandes: The Left Space

  • Event
  • Live
  • Contemporary Art
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PHI Foundation 465 Saint-Jean Street, #120
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5

Saturday, February 25, 2023
• From 8 PM to 9:30 PM FULL
• From 10 PM to midnight FULL

Places still available online on Zoom.


To book a spot, please contact [email protected], and indicate which time slot you would like to attend. 

Within each time slot, the performance is 20 minutes. The artist and the performers invite you to stay until the end of your time slot for a DJ set by YUNG PAIN.

Please register for the Zoom event. Performances start at 8 PM and at 10 PM.

Free admission
Reservations required

Nuit blanche à Montréal

Presented as part of the Nuit blanche à Montréal, The Left Space (2020–ongoing) is a performance by Brendan Fernandes that will take place at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, both in person and virtually.

Developed and choreographed for webcam and the grid formation of Zoom, The Left Space includes custom backdrops by graphic designer Jerome Harris, in front of which multiple choreographed sequences are performed by a group of dancers. Their movements are simultaneously conceived to be seen online, via livestream, and onsite at the PHI Foundation. Reaching out and signaling to one another through choreography, and engaging with protest slogans that are incorporated into each other’s changing backgrounds, the performers and audience question the potential of online platforms to re-create the social solidarity experienced at physical gatherings.

The custom backdrops use historically significant patterns to tell stories of power, camouflage, and resistance. Evoking a sense of urgency and emergency, “dazzle” patterns, which were painted on warships to intercept their target, are coupled with purple and magenta plaid, which at once symbolizes British colonial rule in Kenya, a warning to predators in the wild, and the flashing of police lights.

The Left Space was originally conceived as a commission for Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, and premiered online in 2020. This marks the first time that The Left Space is performed in front of a physical audience. The video documentation of the performance will be part of the PHI Foundation’s next exhibition, Terms of Use, which opens to the public March 9, 2023.

Originally commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario
Choreography in collaboration with Hit & Run Dance Productions
Sound by DJ Karsten Sollors
Graphic design in collaboration with Jerome Harris

Justin de Luna
Jennifer Nichols
Sophie Qin
Kunal Ranchod
Anisa Tejpar


Brendan Fernandes: The Left Space



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