Backdrops and Selfie Point
About the artist
Andrés Galeano (b. 1980, Mataró, Spain) is an artist based in Berlin and Barcelona. He holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Barcelona, a Photography diploma from the Freie Fotoschule Stuttgart and a Sculpture/Free Arts degree from the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. He works with photography, video, installation and performance and has realised exhibitions and performances throughout Europe, Latin America, USA and Canada.
Andrés Galeano’s oeuvre investigates photography as a metaphor of transcendency. As a post-photographer, he readapts and conceptually reframes other people’s photographs. The project Unknown Photographers collects vernacular photos from the end of the Kodak era, organises and collages them into various sub-studies to mirror photography itself and reflect on the photographic desire to transcend the moment. Google in View investigates 360-degree panoramic photographs uploaded to Google. Galeano is interested in the desire to make photographically visible and accessible even the most remote places in the World, mistakes in those photographs, authorship and the contemporary digital sky. In The Eternal Photo he thinks about the photographic bodies of humans by autopsying porcelain portraits of cemetery tombstones.
Selected solo shows: Galería Rocío SantaCruz (Barcelona), CC Blanquerna (Madrid), Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (Lisbon), RH Contemporary (New York), M|A|C (Mataró,Spain), Art Rotterdam, YIA Paris, Art Brussels, Pavlovsdog (Berlin), Grimmuseum (Berlin).
Selected group shows: Riga Photography Biennial (Latvia), Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź, Poland), Canal Isabel II (Madrid), Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona), EAC (Montevideo), Benaki Museum (Athens), De Appel (Amsterdam), Goethe-Institut (Barcelona), Fabra i Coats (Barcelona), 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin), ‘O (Milan).
Selected performances: Fundació Brossa (Barcelona), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Centro Huarte (Pamplona), M:ST Festival (Calgary), Konshallen Göteborg, Antic Teatre (Barcelona), Kunsthall Charlotenborg (Copenhagen), Rhubarb Festival (Toronto), Museo MARCO (Vigo), Interakcje Festival (Piotrkow Trybunawski), El Matadero (Madrid), BAC, (Ginebra 2011), Viva! Art Action (Montreal), Instituto Cervantes (Berlin), PPP (Bern), Festival Ebent (Barcelona).