Christto & Andrew
Such juxtapositions and contradictions dictate the work of the artists. They play with the idea of presenting compositions that challenge the audience to reconsider their perspective of life and conception of time, for instance by merging the grotesque and the beautiful as in the work titled, Hamour. A lifeless fish lies on a background the color of the Arabian Gulf, as though floating on the clear surface of a tranquil aqua blue sea. Brilliant pearls and gemstones pour out of its gut. The symbolisms are numerous and each viewer could find a different message about life and its dis-contents.
In Counter Clock, the artwork questions these notions of milestones and life expectations. Life is represented as a piece of cake, but it is a life that has seen 100 years of candles burning away. It is a milestone that was once rare for humans in the past to reach, but we can all relate to it in our modern outlook of the future. Our collective imagination understands that becoming a centenarian is now a realistic possibility –but on an existential level, not many comprehend what happens once we pass this milestone. What can we expect from the future – a future that is in rapid flux? What happens when the candles burn out? What happens after we eat the cake? What will we do with all this future?
Christto & Andrew ( Christian Sánchez Díaz, 1985 and Andrew Jay Weir, 1987 ) are an artistic duo from Puerto Rico and South Africa based in Doha, Qatar and Copenhagen, Denmark. Their collaboration started in 2012 while meeting in Barcelona, Spain as students. They work across various mediums including photography, installation and film. Christto & Andrew first gained international acclaim with their inclusion of the 2014 Foam Magazine “Talent Issue” and have since exhibited in solo exhibitions, group shows, biennials and art fairs worldwide, including the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015), Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (2016), NRW – Forum Düsseldorf (2017) and have been included in publications such as The New Yorker, VogueItalia, Dazed magazine and the British Journal of Photography. Most recently they have been commissioned by the New Yorker Magazine to create three images for their yearly fictions issue. Christto Sanz received a BA from the Escuela De Artes Plásticas in San Juan Puerto Rico before completing his Master in Visual Communication and photography from Elisava, Barcelona Spain. Andrew Weir holds a BBA from Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain and an MA in Museum & Gallery Practice from University College London – Qatar.