ANDRÉ CATARINO

Berlin-based André Catarino was born in Oeiras, Portugal in 1985. Catarino holds a degree in Fine Arts at Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Caldas da Rainha (PT). Specialized in Drawing, his work has been exhibited frequently between Lisbon and Berlin.

André Catarino’s thematic concerns, exploring subjects such as human-inflected landscapes and late capitalist ruins, and appropriation of other media composition techniques and reproduction systems (especially past photographic and cinematographic techniques) puts André Catarino in a central vein of Western thought and art-related concerns, which connect him to diverse names and oeuvres such as Atget’s, Walter Benjamin’s and the Bechers’s.“

Landscape,” as of course, is always already a human category, a section and separative bloc acted upon the natural biosphere, one that reveals cultural conditions. The portability, as it were, of landscape creates, paradoxically, a distance from, and a classification of, nature. Catarino’s particular choice of represented scenes – train ways, mining structures, abandoned civilian buildings or military installations, monumental ruins, or vestiges of abandoned industrial and capitalist goods – reinforce the coherence of the artist’s research. Point in fact, André Catarino’s insistence on the theme of ruins and destruction, frequently through fire (which allies itself neatly and pertinently with his choice of materials and chromatic outlook), links him in many other ways to the work of German philosopher Walter Benjamin.

This is especially true where Benjamin’s “mortification of the object” is concerned, through which the task of the critic (or, in this case, the artist as a cultural and historical critic) is to, following Benjamin’s alchemical metaphor, sift through the ashes in search of the fire. Or, under the auspices of Baudelaire’s influence on Benjamin, how a close yet destructive attention on the surface, the skin, the ephemeral beauty, that is to say, its “historical content,” opens up the way to its “truth content,” its eternal qualities. Looking at Catarino’s drawing, one must go beyond their presentation of these derelict landscapes, a sort of fleeting fetishism or enthusiasm for catastrophe, and rather realize the limit of human endeavor, in a sort of postponed sublime.

According to Jean-Luc Nancy, a landscape is the opposite of a background, it is a pure surface, in a positive sense. Catarino explores such surfaces, in pristine shapes, in order to demand the reader-spectator’s own task of sifting through the drawing and gaze upon the weighty timelessness beyond whatever human traces seem to impose themselves.

Group & Solo Exhibitions

2018

“We Shall Meet in the Place Where There is no Darkness” — Curated by Madalena Éme, Porta 11 da Travessa da Ermida, Lisboa, PT (Ind)

2017

“The Drawing Hub Fundraiser Silent Art Auction” — Curated by Jan Philipp-Fruehsorge, The DRAWING HUB, Berlin, DE

2016

“The End, Let’s Start Again” — Donau83, Berlin, DE
“There Will Be No Shelter From The Storm” — Atelier 6, Electricidade Estética, Caldas da Rainha, PT (Ind)

2015

“Silver Linings” — The Drawing Hub, Berlin, DE
“But I Just Found Out That My House Is In Flames” — a9)))) / Célula e Membrana, Leiria, PT (Ind)
“Atlas Secreto” — Galeria Má Arte, Aveiro, PT
“From a Book, From a Forest and From Despair” — Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, DE
“Atlas Secreto” — Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Coimbra, PT
“Atlas Secreto” — Casa da Avenida, Setúbal, PT
“Atlas Secreto” — Igreja de São Vicente, Évora, PT

2014

“T R A N S F O R M E R” – Altelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
“Atlas Secreto” – Espaço MIRA, Oporto, PT
“Anonyme Zeichner 2014 | based in Berlin” — Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin, DE

2013

“Under the Influence Of” – André Catarino and Tiago Baptista” — João Cocteau, Berlin, DE
“Anonymous Drawings 2013” — Kunstverein Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, Berlin, DE

2012

FID- International Drawing Fair” —Online Show, Paris, FR
“Micro-Exposição” — Flausina, Lisbon, PT (Ind)

2011

“Bienal de Jovens Criadores da Europa e do Mediterrâneo”, Salonica, GE
“CULTURIA, Artists in Residence” — João Cocteau, Berlin, DE
“Mehr Licht” — GlogauAIR, Berlin, DE
“90-10 Exposição 20 Anos de Artes Plásticas ESAD.CR”, Lisbon, PT

2010

“Jovens Criadores 2009” — Igreja de São Vicente, Évora, PT
“Nada em Comum” — Banco de Portugal, Leiria, PT

2009

“TRANSITÓRIO – espaço de tempo – “, Round the Corner, Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon, PT
“11 Assoalhadas” —Espaço Avenida 211, Lisbon, PT

2008

“Exposição de Finalistas 2008” — ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, PT

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