Essay by Francesca Alfano Miglietti Interview to the artists by Alessia Glaviano and Chiara Bardelli Nonino 16 cm x 20 cm 24 pages Singer softbound, with golden thread English / Italian Publication date: November 2016
With Muddy Waters Christto & Andrew explore how beauty can be objective through the awareness of ordinary characters and objects. Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir live and work in Doha, inside the Qatar Gulf, but they are not native of the country; this condition of ‘expatriates’ reveals their attention and curiosity towards what happens around them, and to the unexpected changes in economical, social, cultural spheres of the city and the country where they work and live. This punctual observation was the starting point for their first body of work Unparalleled Objectives, in which they explored the concept of identity and the impact of globalization in a transitional context. Their position of outsiders allows their gaze to be non-conventional (and traditional) on the Middle East; working as a team also allows them to develop a complex and shared language, analyzing the photographic medium as a creator of images standing between the real and the technologically-built world of Qatar.
Limited edition, signed and numbered. Published on the occasion of the show Muddy Waters at Nonostantemarras, Milan in collaboration with Skinnerboox.
Christto & Andrew is an artistic duo born in 2012. Its two components, Christto Sanz (Puerto Rico, 1985) and Andrew Weir (South Africa, 1987), live and work in Doha, Qatar.
Christto Sanz studied at the Puerto Rico School of Art, before completing his studies in Visual Communication & Photography in Elisava, Spain. Andrew Weir graduated from the Universtitat Ramon Llull, Spain and had Master's Degree in Museum & Gallery Practice at University College of London, in the detachment located in Qatar. Among the most recent exhibitions: Encrypted Purgatory, Metronom, Modena (2018); Contemporary Art Qatar, Kraftwerk, Berlin (2017); ANTOLOGIA, Metronom, Modena (2017); Muddy Waters, NonostanteMarras, Milan (2016); Glory of the Artifice / Liquid Portraits, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, PT (2016); Politics of Sports, Unseen, Amsterdam (2016); Bling Bling Baby!, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf (2016); Glory of the Artifice / Liquid Portraits, Espai Tactel, Valencia (2016); Liquid Portraits, Fashion and Style Photography, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015); Liquid Portraits, Katara Art Center, Doha, Quatar (2014). In 2014 they were selected by Foam Magazine as Foam Talent. In 2018 they got shortlisted for the New Discovery Award at Les Rencontres de la Photographie Festival in Arles.