Artist Statement

My work and research observes spaces, objects and situations defined by transition and the renegotiation of the meanings of concepts connected to the idea of instability, making use of an approach combining visual and textual forms.

I'm currently developing a doctoral research in artistic practice at Valand Academy.
Enacting the paradoxical agency of uncertainty and the sad consists of an artistic research that relates the impact of capitalist structures with ready-made forms of life, increasing forms of psychopathologies, new forms of alienation and neurotic symptoms. The research looks into the possibility of artistic strategy to rehearse those states of self-alienation and lifelessness as critical approaches and acts of resistance to capitalist temporalities. But also, to expand through them, possibility of subjectivity rather treatments.
These strategies give particular attention to methods of depressive enactments and liveness (a theory on media(ted) presence) in order to navigate within these abstractions. To inquire and image how those forms of sadness, depression, alienation, fatigue, lifelessness, rather that simply diagnostics of inescapable conditions, can expand micro-politics of subjectivation, of vulnerability, of care, caress and resistance.


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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 – This is an expropriation - O Sol Pede a Pele Para Ficar; Guimarães, PT (expected)

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 – 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