CHRISTTO & ANDREW
Christto & Andrew are a duo of visual artists currently living and working in Doha, Qatar.
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 into the construction of contemporary society specifically found in the Gulf region. Using Qatar as an example, exaggerated colours, staged compositions and uncanny humour hightlight 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 moulds 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 refelections of these
stratifications found in Qatari society.
Christto and Andrew’s images, therefore, do not to critcise but rather hightlight 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 strenghted by a cross-polination 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.
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.
by Misha Michael
CHRISTTO SANZ, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, 1985.
ANDREW WEIR, JOHANNESBURG, SUDÁFRICA, 1987.
Currently living and working in Qatar.
Christto Sanz, Licenciado en Artes Plásticas, Master en Comunicación Visual de Elisava, Barcelona (Spain).
Andrew Weir, Master in museology in UCL, Qatar.
GLORY OF THE ARTIFICE/ LIQUID PORTRAITS, Espai Tactel, Valencia, Spain.
GLORY OF THE ARTIFICE, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, NL
LIQUID PORTRAITS, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar.
UNPARALLELED OBJECTIV, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar.
UPO Caribbean edition, Centro Curatorial la Quince, Puerto Rico.
PHOTO BIENNALE MOSCOW, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
NIGHT LIGHT, Cuadro Gallery Dubai, UAE
FOAM TALENTS 2014, East Wing Gallery, Dubai.UAE
FOAM TALENTS 2014, UNSEEN Photo Fair, Amsterdam. NL
FOAM TALENTS 2014, L’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, FR
UCL HBKU Gallery,Doha, UAE
CSA2: At the collector, Katara Art Center, Qatar, UAE
COLLECTIVE, Qatar Visual Art Center, Qatar.
EMERGE Art Fair Washington DC, USA.
CSA: At the collector, Katara Art Center, Qatar.
CSA: Program exhibition, Katara Art Center, Qatar.
Taseem Doha art and design VCU, Qatar.
MALASARTES, Centro Cultural de España, San Salvador, El Salvador.
VIVIDOS, Museo de Caguas Puerto Rico.
ato ANIVERSARIA DE AREA LUGAR DE PROYECTOS, Puerto Rico.
MIX/ COMBINACIÓ, Untitled Gallery, Barcelona, España.
AL LIMITE DE LA SOBRE EXPOSICION, Barcelona, España.
Flowing Portraits, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, IX Moscow International Biennale “Fashion and Style in Photography 2015”, Moscow, Russia.
Bienal de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka Awards
Foam Talent Magazine.
10 Reasons why art lovers need to visit Sri Lanka, Huffington Post Arts & Culture.
Biennale,Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia.
Sri Lanka’da Tarih Yaratmak, Genc Sanat Magazine Turkey.
When in Doha, do as the Dohans do, C Print Magazine.
Suspended Objects,The Mantle New York.
Pop en el Desierto, Nuevo Dia Puerto Rico.