María Fernanda Cardoso: ‘I’m in awe with the small’

Meet the Colombian artist based in Sydney, Australia

Maria Fernanda Cardoso creates art that explores nature and its links to culture and science. ‘For me, art is freedom, and of course, it’s informed by the natural world’, says the artist.

One of the artist’s best-known works is The Cardoso Flea Circus (1994-2000), a six-year series of performances and installations in which Cardoso trained fleas to perform tasks and surprising feats of strength.

In this film, we visit Cardoso’s home and studio in Sydney, Australia to discover more about her work.

Tate, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Qantas are partners in an International Joint Acquisition Programme for contemporary Australian art. Maria Fernanda Cardoso On the Origins of Art 1 2016 and was purchased jointly by Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with fund provided by the Qantas Foundation, 2016.

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