Lfernandes is the username for Lénia Oliveira Fernandes.
Education and Work Experience: Lénia Oliveira Fernandes obtained a MA in Conservation and Restoration from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Caparica, Portugal) in 2008. The resulting thesis is related to her internship at the Image Permanence Institute (Rochester, NY, U.S.). Lénia currently works as a Junior Conservator of Photographic Materials at the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), where she has held a similar position between 2014 - 2016. During that two-year period, she conducted individual and collaborative research related to the development of 19th-century photography - the early photomechanical process of etching daguerreotypes developed by Dr. Joseph Berres; and the conservation and exhibition of paper negatives.
Between 2016 - 2021 Lénia was a photograph conservator at the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) where she conserved over 42.000 of Ed van der Elsken’s colour slides damaged by mould growth. The treatment method developed in this institution was streamlined and adapted to other film-based collections, including cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives. Lénia developed a profound interest in the conservation and technical art history of colour slides and has given lectures and taught workshops for conservation students and cultural heritage professionals on the topic in several countries.
Her professional experience is also connected to institutions such as the ESCRBCC (Barcelona, Spain, 2022), the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018 – ongoing), the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Cologne, Germany, 2012 - 2014) and the Arquivo Regional e Biblioteca Pública da Madeira (Funchal, Portugal, 2009 - 2011). While working in archives she gained first-hand experience with emergency preparedness, response, and recovery of cultural heritage. As an INOV-ART grantee, she had the opportunity to intern at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (Berlin, Germany, 2011 - 2012).
Professional Affiliations: Lénia is an AIC Photographic Materials Group member, Assistant Coordinator of the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group, and Core Team member of APOYOnline. She is also a member of IADA, Restauratoren Nederland and ARP.
Contact information: Lénia's contact information is available through AIC's online directory.