March 15, 2022
For the 26th edition of Kunsthal Light, the Kunsthal is presenting LIKE ME NOW, EGO DEATH, a site-specific work by the artist Marlou Fernanda. The creative process that takes place at the Kunsthal is part of Kunsthal Light. On 2 March Fernanda moved into HALL 6 – the over 25-meter-long display window along the ramp – where she put the final touches to her paintings. Fernanda’s site-specific work is now completed, and the end result can be admired at the Kunsthal Rotterdam up to and including 26 June.
Through her expressive figurative paintings in LIKE ME NOW, EGO DEATH Fernanda conveys her personal story and reveals the transformation she is going through as an artist. Fernanda shows us how she bids farewell to the alter ego that played a leading role in her earlier work and now asks the audience to see her in a different light.
In Kunsthal Light #26 Fernanda wonders why we so desperately want to be noticed by others and why we need the approval of others to be who we want to be. In LIKE ME NOW, EGO DEATH Fernanda visualises the duality between her desire for attention on the one hand, and the question where that desire for attention stems from on the other..
Marlou Fernanda (1996) grew up in Rotterdam and is a self-taught visual artist who has been working in a number of different art disciplines for the purpose of telling her story. Her work can be described as figurative, abstract, and colourful, its vibrant colours sharply contrasting with the themes in her work: loneliness, racial inequality, religious convictions, and life questions.Want to see more? An Artist Talk with Fernanda will take place at the Kunsthal on Saturday 23 April. Prior to the Artist Talk, Fernanda will give a performance.