Christto & Andrew

'A Message from Venus'

Based in Doha, Qatar, and Copenhagen, Denmark, Christto & Andrew began collaborating in 2012, using a surreal style to portray the effects of structural systems like history, politics, and the economy, as well as popular culture at large. Working primarily in photography in addition to mediums like film and installation, the duo has achieved international recognition of their singular point of view and contemporary aesthetics.

Signature image for Chistto & Andrew exhibition
Christto & Andrew, “Counter Clock,” 2018, pigment print on paper, 70 x 90 in.

In A Message from Venus, the duo’s first U.S. museum exhibition, the artists present recent photographs that speak to our globalized culture at a time when our relationships to and experiences of image-making technology are dissimilar. The artists’ photographs proffer objects loaded with symbolism and figures that paradoxically seem to inhabit a place neither past nor future that could exist within various cultural systems. In a series of scenes, the artists compose these organic and technological objects in the manner typical of the “still nature” genre of art history — yet a more enigmatic aura prevails. While employing a visual vocabulary that condenses and references the past 60 years of popular culture and image production, Christto & Andrew create their own mythology.

About the artist

Christto & Andrew (Christian Sánchez Díaz, b. 1985, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Andrew Jay Weir, b. 1987, Johannesburg, South Africa) first gained international acclaim with their inclusion in 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; Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, and NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Their work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Vogue Italia, Dazed magazine, and the British Journal of Photography.

Credits

A Message from Venus is curated by Humberto Moro, adjunct curator. It is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2021, the university’s annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances, held virtually Feb. 23–25 with select events in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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