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La fotografia scelta per il manifesto di questa edizione del Festival è tratta dalla serie Encrypted Purgatory by the international duo Christto & Andrew.

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.

The authors: Christto & Andrew

Christto & Andrew is an artistic duo founded in 2012. It's two members, Christto Sanz (Porto Rico, 1985) and Andrew Weir (South 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.

In 2014, Christto & Andrew have been selected as FOAM Talent, in 2016 as Campaign Artist for Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam. Amongst their latest personal and collective exhibitions: 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). In 2018 they were finalists at the New Discovery Award of the Festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie, in Arles.

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