Christto & Andrew[Porto Rico / EUA, África do Sul]
As jigsaw puzzles piece together to a form a visual image, the sedimentation of symbols within Christto & Andrew’s photographs reveal the affects of history, politics, the economy and popular culture onto the construction of contemporary society specifically found in the Gulf region. Using Qatar as an example, exaggerated colors, staged compositions and uncanny humor highlight this constant development, and the malleable state of transformations into which its multitude of lifestyles are nurtured and interact.
In the same way, scavenged objects are transformed into cement molds and regular people into models through photography to subvert and further notions of value, commodification and occupation. As a result, each object and character within their photographs become symbolic reflections of these stratification's found in Qatari society.
Christto and Andrew’s images, therefore, do not to critcise but rather highlight two parallel dialogues-a local one and an expatriate one, which equally weave together this complex network of cultures and subcultures evident in most Gulf and MENA contexts.
Christto and Andrew’s practice evolves as a symbiotic process strengthened by a crosspollination of their differing backgrounds.
Christto Sanz (b.1985) received a BA from the School of Fine Arts, Puerto Rico before completing his Master in Visual Communication & photography from Elisava, Spain. Andrew Weir (b. 1987) holds a BBA from Universtitat Ramon Llull, Spain and is currently completing an MA in Museum & Gallery Practice at University College London’s branch in Qatar. Together they produce photography, mixed media objects and videos exploring social identities, the media and reinterpretations of history.
Christto & Andrew have recently been selected as part of the 2014 Foam Magazine Talents and will exhibit their work in Paris and Amsterdam.
The Puerto Rican and South African duo currently reside and work in Doha, Qatar. Previously their art has been shown in the MiddleEast, The United States, Central America and Europe.
Liquid Portraits, 2013-2014
Liquid Portraits reflects upon the complexity of the Gulf’s economic progress. It is a constructed portrait mirroring facets specifically found in Qatari society consequential where the dichotomies of the past versus the present, natural versus manmade and anachronistic versus futuristic technologies coexist and reshape the country’s aspired future.