Conceived on the occasion of two exhibitions at CA2M Madrid and CRAC
Alsace, this catalogue features extensive documentation and collages
of the artist's evolving works as well as essays by the show's curators,
Elfi Turpin and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Working And Then Not Working – Autoeclipse is published on the
occasion of two solo shows by the artist Armando Andrade Tudela at CA2M
(Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo), Spain and at CRAC Alsace, France. An
in-between space between the exhibitions, the catalogue features extensive
documentation accompanied by collages of the artist's evolving works as
well as new essays by the show's curators, Elfi Turpin and Daniel
“Putting together an exhibition with Armando Andrade Tudela is like
undertaking a trepanation. It's making a hole in the artist's head and
inserting our fingers. Opening up his work to take the pressure off.
Cutting a doorway into an artist's system and sending him off down new
roads to adventure. A delicate, archaic, ironic business. This trepanation
is also a way of escaping a kind of exhibition bureaucracy bent on
petrifying works we'd like to keep in a critical state until they tip over
into the categories—sculpture, painting, photography, film, tool,
furniture—that dichotomize studio practice and conceptual practice, North
and South, hand and head. Trepanation's a ruse. There are others.
Putting together an exhibition with Armando Andrade Tudela is working and
then not working. It's experiencing a transition—the moment when "The sun
refused to set or, no, the Earth refused to move so that the sun could
set, yes." It's conceiving a space-time in which, in order to preserve
them from that fixed mode of existence, the works are maintained in a kind
of ambiguity, a process of transformation or of adaptation to paradoxical
desires. Whether speaking to Peruvian modernity, European empathy, the
pressure of things on the body or the traumatising effects of the
academic, the work endlessly eludes any univocal approach, offering
itself, instead, to oblique scrutiny from both sides of the Ocean.”
—Elfi Turpin, May 2018
Published following the exhibitions “Travailler et alors ne pas travailler / Working And Then Not Working”, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, from June 14 to September 16, 2018, and “Autoeclipse / Self-eclipse”, CA2M – Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, from February 24 to September 15, 2019.
Armando Andrade Tudela (born 1975 in Lima, Peru, lives and works between Berlin and Saint-Étienne, France) works with a wide range of media in order to explore the intersecting interfaces
between popular culture, politics and fine art. While frequently using the South American cultural and
historical context as his starting point, Andrade Tudela in fact focuses on complex systems of translation and
transference; how are aesthetic ideas assimilated and reactivated politically, or socially, at a local level? And more broadly speaking, how are ideasthemselves embedded within the fabric of geography and physical topography?
Andrade Tudela studied at Pontifícia Universidad Católica, Lima, Perú, The Royal College of Arts, London, and at the
Jan Van Eyck Akademie. He has had exhibitions at Macba (Barcelona), Frac Bourgogne, DAAD (Berlin), the Museo de
Arte de Lima, the Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), the FKV (Frankfurt) and the Kunsthalle Basel. He has taken part in the 2006 Sao Paulo Biennial and the 2006 Shanghai Biennial.