Vagner Mendonça-Whitehead’s practice encompasses traditional and newer media art-making, curatorial projects and creative writings on visual culture. His artworks display accidental and forced intersections of personal experiences, histories, current events, geo-locations, languages, and found artifacts, and manifest themselves through traditional and new media pieces, presented in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, as well as film and video festivals, nationally and internationally (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, England, Germany, India, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates).
His writings unravel similar media/visual encounters in the form of critical and poetic essays. Recent art projects have dealt with metaphorical representations and interpretations of fear and violence, as well as aging and technological obsolescence.
Vagner Mendonça-Whitehead has taught at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (2001-2005), and Oakland University – Michigan (2005-2016), where he served as chair 2013-2016. He joined Texas Woman's University in 2016 and has since served as professor of Intermedia Art and chair in the Department of Visual Arts. Through academic leadership, Vagner aims to empower traditionally under-represented art students and scholars in higher education.