Fern Silva uses moving image to produce a sonic and cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation.
Silva is an artist who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums, and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Cinemateca Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia; the Museum of Art Lima; Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Greater New York at MoMA P.S.1, New York (2010); and Screens Series at the New Museum (2017). He has organized and curated screenings at venues including the Nightingale Cinema, Gallery 400, and DINCA Vision Quest in Chicago. His work has been featured in publications including Film Comment, Artforum, Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, Millennium, and Senses of Cinema. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and is based in New York. Silva was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for spring 2016 and returns for the 2017-2018 academic year.