TrAIN Associate Project Partner
Gavin Fernandes’ photographic images are at once seductive and subversive; in series such as ‘Monarchs of the East End’ and ‘Empire Line’, he has used the visual language and techniques of fashion direction to confront attitudes towards gender, religion and identity. With TrAIN Associate Project (Tap) seed funding he will research and develop a new series of work that begins with an exploration of his own ancestry. Fernandes came to the UK in 1968; born in Nairobi, Kenya, his family origins lie in the former Portuguese Catholic colony of Goa, India. His research will combine the objective tools of genetic profiling with an exploration of photographic archives, memories, narratives and attitudes towards cultural origin within Goa and across its diaspora. This process, and the photographic series that will be produced, will address the themes and processes arising from an investigation of his ancestry and its location: caste, conversion and denationalization.