Despite the festive tone, the sentence that gives the show its title (taken from the book Crime and Punishment, by Dostoyevsky) refers to a scene in which a tired old mare is about to be stoned to death. Raskolnikov, the main character, soon will awake from the nightmare.
Distant in time and place.
Museum objects, public figures,
and a nonsense.
A ground connecting everything.
André Sousa born in Porto, in 1980. Lives and works in Porto. The artist is continuously questioning, through different media – video, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and performance –, not only the ways of creation and reception of the art works, but also the processes of institutionalization of the artist and his work. He gives special attention to the distinct exhibition contexts and devices, as well as to the channels of its disclosure. With a critical view on society, his work is influenced by contexts of counterculture, by antisystemic movements and attitudes, by subcultures. The urban space of the city of Porto is also a central motif, namely the signals of the coexistence of urbanity and rurality, of the idea of urbanity and of a juvenile culture. The notions of collaborative work, collective spirit, sharing, self-organization and management traverse the artist’s practice. Beyond collaborating with other visual artists, street artists, designers, musicians, family members and friends, André Sousa has been, since the beginning of the last decade an active protagonist in the artistic context of Porto, being involved in the creation of independent spaces – PêSSEGOprá SEMANA, MAD WOMAN IN THE ATTIC, Wasser-Bassin and A Certain Lack of Coherence. Most recent solo exhibitions include: Canes in the wind, rolling leaves, crushed flowers, dispersing sands…, organized by Fundação Manuel António da Mota, Porto (2012); and Satekpunkts (Vanishing Point), at kim?, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia (2012). Most recent group exhibitions include: First Avenue: One-way Street, organized by Fundação de Serralves, in Porto (2013); Gótico, at Parkour, Lisbon (2012); shapes and forces, at Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto (2012); and knell dobre glas, at Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon/ Porto (2012).