Encrypted Purgatory

curated by Carlo Sala

The exhibition presents a focus on a project by the duo Christto & Andrew, authors of the photo selected for the festival affiche, taken from their series Encrypted Purgatory
The image, with its strong and alienating colours, twists a very common object - a simple computer keyboard - giving it an ominous vibe with the proximity of a snake. The work by Christto & Andrew poetically induces the worrying for a future increasingly dominated by technology, in which humanity - in its more dehumanized form - is entirely controlled by artificial intelligence. Like in an "encrypted Purgatory", the visitor is disoriented, floating in an undefined time, with access codes that can be written without the certainty they can open the doors of comprehension and control of reality.
Perhaps the contemporary Inferno will materialise through our inability to negotiate with technology, which will be increasingly pervasive in our lives.


Christto & Andrew is a creative duo started in 2012. Its members, Christto Sanz (Porto Rico, 1985) and Andrew Weir (Sud Africa, 1987), live and work in Doha, Qatar.
Christto Sanz studied Fine Arts in Puerto Rico and went on improving his skills in Visual Communication & Photography in Elisava, Spain. Andrew Weir received his Bachelor’s degree at the Universtitat Ramon Llull, Spain and the Master degree in Museum & Gallery Practice at the University College of London, in Qatar.
Nel 2014, Christto & Andrew sono stati selezionati come FOAM Talent, nel 2016 come Campaign Artist per Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam. Tra le ultime mostre personali e collettive: A Message from Venus, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA (2021); Nature in Play, Metronom Gallery, Modena (2020); Contemporary Art Qatar, Kraftwerk, Berlin (2017); Muddy Waters, NonostanteMarras, Milan (2016); Glory of the Artifice / Liquid Portraits, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, PT (2016); Politics of Sports, Unseen, Amsterdam (2016); Bling Bling Baby!, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf (2016); Glory of the Artifice / Liquid Portraits, Espai Tactel, Valencia (2016); Liquid Portraits, Fashion and Style Photography, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015); Liquid Portraits, Katara Art Center, Doha, Quatar (2014). Nel 2018 sono rientrati tra i finalisti del New Discovery Award del Festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie ad Arles.

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