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Texts by Dieter Schwarz and Rein Wolfs.
temporarily out of stock
Published with the Kunstmuseum Winterthur.
bilingual edition (English / German)
25 x 28,6 cm (hardcover)
208 pages (55 colour ill., 55 b/w ill.)
Within somewhat ominous tableaux of child-like figures lost amongst ceramic landscapes recalling forests and oceans, Wekua's unique vocabulary combines a sweet nostalgia for youth with an almost masochistic relish for history's decay. Based on visions of himself as a child, these doppelgangers harbor a tragic fragility, as they are often blinded or seemingly burned. The fanciful figures of the sculptures reappear in both his paintings and collages in quasi disfigured states.
His soulful and enigmatic imargery becomes almost ritualistic in how it recreates an abstracted vision of personal history, national strife, and imagined refuge.
Andro Wekua, born in 1977 in Georgia, currently lives and works in Switzerland. He has been depicted as a master of suggestion, of small gestures. His narrative structures are deadly focused on their targets, yet remain astonishingly open. Wekua locates his drawn, collaged or sculptural images in a No-Man's Land between East and West, aesthetic exactness and improvisation, confidence and melancholy. He creates his own highly visual scripts which play with his past and stylize it into fiction.
See also Boris Groys & Andro Wekua