KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Artist

André Romão

Portugal

My work explores the boundaries between absolute, idealistic abstraction and the actual making of things that exist in the visible word. My working process often derives from a rethinking of historical and literary episodes and sources. These references, such as the War of Italian Unification or the British miners’ strikes, are put into relation to others in order to create critical models for future action. They are used as metaphors for positioning one’s actions and work within the community, exploring the tensions between ethics and aesthetics, poetry and politics. The work as such develops through a variety of media and presentation modes ranging from video to installations, text and drawings, which are linked by means of a web of conceptual relations instead of a pure formal and authorial decision.

STAY
01.12.2009 – 30.11.2010