Fernando do Campo
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery 10 March–20 May 2023
Devonport Regional Gallery 24 June–4 August 2023
To companion a companion is an exhibition by Fernando do Campo that proposes humans as a companion species to birds.
With one foot in the field and the other in the archives, Fernando do Campo focuses on ‘companioning’ as an artistic strategy, researching the knotted histories of urban multispecies encounters through listening, painting, archiving and plural histories.
The first iteration of To companion a companion was presented at CAT in 2021, continuing to build and evolve as the project developed across presentations at UNSW Galleries and Pica Perth.
A collection of commissioned writings by invited human companions from multiple disciplines, the Companion Companion Reader (2021–) fills the place of the accompanying exhibition catalogue essay through the guise of a conventional companion reader. By analyzing
companion as both a noun and a verb, the artist is companion to the companion, to the animal, to history, to the other, to the reader. Read →
Fernando do Campo (b. Mar del Plata, Argentina 1987) is an artist based in Sydney. Fernando has presented solo exhibitions in Australia and the USA and group exhibitions internationally. He has received grants from the Australian Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW and The New School. He is a Sir General John Monash Foundation Scholar.