Artist Statement

I develop strategies of montage in which narration, choreographic practices of reading and image-poem are used as artistic affective strategies to dig into the political dimension of the capacity to contact/touch.

I'm currently a doctoral research in artistic practice at Valand Academy with the title Becoming self with others through a listening contact. It rehearses strategies to inquire and image how to speak the personal or speak in a personal tone, and insist on a politics of affect(ation/ion) as a critical line to expand claims of art as political. And within that, explore how art situates itself as a shifting tool from power over life, to power to life. But, rather that simply agreeing with the diagnostic of exhaustion and pathological depression, expand micro-politics of subjectivation, of vulnerability, of care, caress and resistance that are unafraid of negativity, sadness and withdrawal.


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BIO/CV

André Alves (b. 1981)
Lives and works between Lever (PT) and Göteborg (SE).

Phd researcher at Valand Academy, University of Göteborg
Phd student at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (2013-2015)
MFA at University of Cincinnati 09/11 as a Fulbright Fellow
MA Art Ed 07/09 and BA Fine Arts 00/05 at University of Porto


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 – Material Escavado - Galeria Muppi, Maus Hábitos, PT
2017 – O que falta é amor - O Sol Pede a Pele Para Ficar; Guimarães, PT

2016 – Parasita Obrigatório – O Armário; Lisboa, PT
2016 – Bussessivo – Sput&Nik the Window; Porto, PT
2015 – Walking the Line - Alkovi Gallery; Helsinki, FI
2015 – Barbed Wire/Dynamite: the power of free circulation - Fundação Carmona e Costa;Lisbon, PT (expected)

2015 – Permanent Instability - Casa da Imagem; Gaia, PT
2014 – From Turbulence to Rule - Má Arte; Aveiro, PT
2014 – Spinning around - Estúdio Um; Guimarães, PT
2012 – State of Epoch – Sopro Projecto de Arte Contemporânea; Lisbon, PT
2012 – Ex-cavação I – Sputenik the window; Porto, PT
2012 – Failed Mass – Dama Aflita; Porto, PT
2011 – Mute | Motives – Semantics Gallery; Cincinnati, USA
2011 – A place called hope – Pipeline Gallery; Cincinnati, USA
2010 – The blind points at the visible – Fluorescent Gallery; Cincinnati, USA
2010 – The absurd wants us back or the melancholic as double – Sopro Projecto de Arte Contemporânea; Lisbon, PT
2009 – Acercado – Reflexus Arte Contemporânea; Porto, PT
2007 – Dead trap wall– Teatro Gil Vicente; Coimbra, PT
2007 – The new state that is the old one – Reflexus Arte Contemporânea; Porto, PT
2007 – Thing controlled by the fear of identification or Helmet – In.Transit, Porto, PT
2006 – How to be invisible – Museu da Sociedade Martins Sarmento; Guimarães, PT
2006 – Different Places – Westfries Museum; Hoorn, NL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 – Them or Us; Galeria Municipal Porto, PT
2017 – Research Pavilion; 57th Venice Bienale, IT
2016 – A sudden a peculiar pleasure, a feeling of protection; Lovey Town; Chicago,USA
2016 – Cuestionamientos II; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, PT
2016 – Le monde o rien; Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, PT
2016 – A vida está lá fora; Cordoaria Nacional, Lisboa, PT
2016 – Cuestionamientos II; Sala de Arte Joven Madrid, ES
2016 – The Research Show; A-Venue, SE
2016 – #Artisnotenough; Poste; Extéril, PT
2016 – Streaming Egos; NRW Forum Düsseldorf, DE
2016 – Identidades - Variáveis Convergentes; Casa Museu Abel Salazar, PT
2015 - Finisterre - Sput&Nik The Window; Porto, PT
2015 - Gramáticas Flexíveis - Casa das Artes; Porto, PT
2015 - Lugares de Viagem - 2ª Bienal da Maia; Maia, PT
2015 - Estar fora de campo não é estar fora de jogo - Extéril; Porto, PT
2015 - Território de trabalho - Centro Cultural Vila Flor, PT
2014 - Aesthetics Jam - 9th Taipei Biennial, CN
2014 - Patrick Studios - Leeds; UK
2014 - The delivery show; Cincinnati, USA
2014 - Teoria da Pintura - AISCA; Viana do Castelo, PT
2013 – XVII Bienal de Cerveira - V. N. Cerveira, PT
2013 – Contornar - (with Dalila Gonçalves) - FAC Peregrina; Santiago de Compostela, ES
2013 – Tornar - (with Dalila Gonçalves) - Laboratório das Artes; Guimarães, PT
2012 – The death of Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum - Museum Gallery Gallery Museum; Cincinnati, USA
2012 – 3º Troca-se por Arte - Cutelarias Finas; Porto, PT
2012 – Aproximações à Profundidade - Sala do Veado; Lisboa, PT
2012 – Collecting Collections and Concepts – Fabrica ASA; Guimarães, PT
2011 – Or Rather, What Can Words Do? – AMIW@VBKÖ; Wien, A
2011 – MUSAO OPORTO – MASC Foundation; Wien, A
2011 – The Romance Show – MGGM; Cincinnati, USA
2011 – Wallpaper – Art & Design Barcelona; Barcelona, ES
2001 – Exit – MFA thesis show CCAC; Cincinnati, USA
2011 – Yes No MAybe – Pipeline Gallery; Cincinnati, USA
2010 – The 3rd International Festival for Contemporary Art 2011– Damascus, SYR
2010 – Kunstroute 2010: For queering the archives, one does(n’t) need art space – COC; Leiden, NL
2010 – Memories – Ansião, PT
2010 – Opera of frozen life – Semi-Gloss 10; Cincinnati, USA
2010 – Sight of an escape – Museum Gallery Gallery Museum; Cincinnati, USA
2010 – Melodrama 14 and more: Amen – Cinemas Medeia & Colector; Porto, PT
2010 – Dandy – Galeria Dama Aflita; Porto, PT
2009 – Viarco Express – Museu da Presidencia da Republica; Lisbon, PT
2009 – à crise… – Sopro Projecto de Arte Contemporânea; Lisbon, PT
2009 – The order of forgeries – Casa-Museu Abel Salazar; Porto, PT
2009 – History of the H – Arte na Garagem da Vizinha; Maia, PT
2009 – Tribute not moving amicably towards him but against him – Museu D. Diogo de Sousa; Braga, PT
2008 – Dispersion – Fórum Cultural de Cerveira; V.N. Cerveira, PT
2007 – Factory – Laboratório das Artes; Guimarães, PT
2007 – Heading High Sea – Teatro Aveirense; Aveiro, PT
2007 – Possible – Círculo de Artes Plásticas; Coimbra, PT
2006 – All my independent Women – Eira33; Lisbon, PT
2006 – Aunt Nell Gis – Kunstvlaai 06; Amsterdam, NL
2006 – 3 Large Drawings – Hotel Mariakapel; Hoorn, NL
2005 – Closed, 27 Artists, A house to demolish – Arts Laboratory; Guimarães, PT
2005 – All my independent Women – Museu Morais Sarmento; Guimarães, PT
2005 – Projectos Transportados – Arts Laboratory; Guimarães, PT
2004 – Outros Lugares [with Ana Santos]: FDUP/FBAUP 2004; Porto, PT