The Future is Now

PARTICIPATION OF ANDORRA AT THE 58th VENICE ART BIENNALE

‘THE FUTUR IS NOW’, PHILIPPE SHANGTI

This provocative proposal in the form of a fragmented installation seeks to criticise the effects of exacerbated consumerism and to rouse the collective consciousness. Despite the bright saturated colours and clean perfect finishes of Shangti’s works, they are envisaged as a protest and an incitement to thought.

Philippe Shangti boldly portrays superficiality, building stories that have been meticulously conceived. Comprising photography, sculpture and kitsch, audiovisual, Shangti’s project is set within the framework of the metalanguage of art and brings us closer to the contemporary aesthetic of pop art style..

In short, this is an invitation to reconsider the consumerist present that is leading us ever nearer to a future, a precarious future, that is already too close…

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The Andorran Pavilion presents a provocative proposal of speculative fiction in which Philippe Shangti rouses the collective consciousness with his vision of the world. It is a fragmented installation of bits and snatches which should be examined separately in order to understand this multidisciplinary project: a criticism of exacerbated consumerism and its effects.In the purest Camp style, it sets before us universal topics using bright surfaces, saturated colours and clean perfect finishes, seeking all the while to protest and to provoke.Shangti’s passion for photography arose at a very early age, when he was given his first camera, which he came to use extensively.

Later, his bold character and life itself led him to Saint-Tropez, where he came upon a world that took drugs and concealed itself in superficiality. He dared to portray it, showing women marked by a confusion of vulnerability and strength, as may be seen in the monumental photograph Goodness of Oxygen: depicting a woman entwined between what is divine and that which is most purely materialistic, doing business with the very air we breathe.

Both Gate of Lost Paradise Park and Soul Tree Museum portray plainly evil actions and the consequences of our misguided way of doing things.

Throughout this project, Shangti builds a story that has been meticulously conceived, drawing its inspiration from James Bidgood and David LaChapelle, whose works also criticise the society in which we live.

The use of writing in Philippe Shangti’s work and specifically his tags generate a message that is conveyed with great celerity and in a multidisciplinary manner. In this way, in addition to using photography and sculpture, he also moves in the audiovisual world..

Prison of an Addicted Spender is a kitsch video sculpture that could be associated with the work of Dan Graham or Bill Viola.

Shangti’s project, with its joyful colours and hilarious compositions, is set within the framework of the metalanguage of art and draws us closer to the contemporary aesthetic of pop art, just as may be seen in No Vandalism HereThe Babies’ Hope and Fuck Who Doesn’t Like my Vision.

Tant a Gate of Lost Paradise Park com a Soul Tree Museum es representen altres actes malvats i també les conseqüències de la nostra mala manera de fer.

En tot el projecte, Shangti construeix una història pensada al mil·límetre i s’inspira en James Bidgood o David LaChapelle, els quals, en els seus treballs, també critiquen la societat en què vivim.

L’ús de l’escriptura en la seva obra, les seves etiquetes, genera un missatge que es transmet amb gran rapidesa i de manera  interdisciplinària.  Així, a més d’utilitzar la fotografia i l’escultura, també es mou en el món audiovisual.

Prison of an Addicted Spender és un vídeo escultura kitsch que es podria relacionar amb els treballs de Dan Graham o de Bill Viola.

El projecte de Shangti, de colors alegres i composicions hilarants, es troba dins dels marcs del metallenguatge de l’art i ens apropa a l’estètica contemporània en clau art pop, com es mostra en No Vandalism Here, The Babies’ Hope i Fuck Who Doesn’t Like my Vision.

Una invitació a reconsiderar el present consumista que ens apropa a un futur aventurat massa proper…

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Philippe Shangti

Artist

A self-taught photographer and sculptor, Philippe Shangti hails from Toulouse and now lives in Andorra. His visually provocative and very striking work is intended to denounce different problems affecting society today.

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Philippe’s work is displayed in a number of countries and important galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States. Bearing the mark of his unique personal aesthetic, his proposal for the Art Workshops-Venice Art Biennale project deals with specific aspects of Andorra’s reality.

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Eva Martínez

Comissioner

An artist and a teacher, she holds a degree in art history and has trained in a wide range of other fields including architecture, the fine arts and cultural governance. She also works as an art therapist and as a holistic creativity coach.

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As an artist she has held numerous individual and group exhibitions in Andorra, France and Spain. Likewise, she has been chosen to take part in the Art Workshops project on several occasions, including in 2016 when she was a finalist in the competition to represent Andorra at the 57th Venice Art Biennale. Her paintings have appeared in various films and she has designed wine labels for different wineries.

Organizing Committee

Artist
Philippe Shangti

Comissary
Eva Martínez, “Zoe”

Curator
Ivan Sansa

Andorra Coordination
Meritxell Blanco

Venice Cooditator
Carlotta Scarpa

Production
Ministeri de Cultura, Joventut i Esports
PDG Arte Communications

Design
Pixel Concepte

Photography
Àlex Tena

Audiovisual Production
Mira Audiovisual

Transport
Intertrans

Support
Andorra Turisme

Thanks
Montserrat Planelles

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