Jardineiro André Feliciano

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A cultivated person is someone interested in art. And what about art itself? Can it be cultivated? There can be no questioning that art often appears in pieces of wasteland, like weeds, growing in the cracks, between other fields of knowledge. But the seed must be scattered, blown into flight, until germinating into a new plot of land, so that everyone perceives it. It does not suffice for only the expert, the gardener, to know that there are dormant seeds in a piece of land; we have to see the shoots. When they emerge, we'll be in Florescentism, André Feliciano envisions. “Just as a tomato plantation is cultivated, the nature of art is being cultivated”, the art gardener asserts. Whereas in the tomato plantation the whole process of preparing the land for the plant's growth takes 3 months, in art, says the artist, it takes 3 centuries. “Today, the seed of the nature of art has already been planted, but the plant has not yet blossomed. We don't know what the fruit will be, or when it will come.

When Florescentism arrives, which in André Feliciano’s theory, is a kind of graft between spring and renaissance, a mixture between the times of nature and of art history, art will no longer be intelligible only to the cultivated and the cultivators; it will be alive and a part of everyone’s lives. The ill-fitting term “contemporary art” will give way to a more specific name, and “florescentic art” is one suggestion.

For the time being, Gardener André Feliciano invests in test-tube art, or, more precisely, seedbed art. And the buds in André Feliciano's pre-Florescentist greenhouse have brought flowers in the form of cameras, pollinated by photography. This camera-flower, like every work of art, is not simply looked at, but it also looks at and registers us. In the words of the artist, “photography is generally related to death (Roland Barthes), because it’s an image that defines a moment that will never return, it’s an image that shows a moment that has ‘died’. So, I cultivate a life for photography, creating relations of another order with photography... like the idea that the flower can photograph us without necessarily making a picture, but rather a more alive and poetic photographic relation.”

In pre-Florescentism, living photography might be a sign of adaptation or mutation of art. But it the flower or fruit to come from Florescentist art remains unknown. Any attempt to guess what will come is mere prophecy; as long as time does not bring its avocado pear, by dawn it's a tomato, by dusk a papaya.


São Paulo, Brasil, 1984
Vive e trabalha em [lives and works in] São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

Formação [Education]
.Mestrado em Poéticas Visuais [Master's Degree in Visual Poetics]. Escola de Comunicação e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Licenciatura em Artes Plásticas [Licentiate in Fine Arts]. Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Bacharelado em Artes Plásticas [Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts]. Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

Exposições Individuais [Solo Exhibitions]
.Sob o Luar Fotográfico. Zipper Galeria, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Small Photographic Garden. Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Nova York [New York], EUA [USA] 

Exposições Coletivas [Group Exhibitions]
.Encontros de Arte e Gastronomia. Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.43º Chapel Art Show. Chapel School, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.Photoville. Brooklyn, EUA [USA]

.Producing Censorship. The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, EUA [USA]
.30º Arte Pará. Fundação Romulo Maiorana, Belém, Brasil [Brazil]
.Natureza da/na Arte. Instituto Meyer Filho, Florianópolis, Brasil [Brazil]
.Projecto Multiplo #2. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina [Argentina]
.Projecto Multiplo #1. Espacio G, Valparaíso, Chile [Chile]
.Convivendo com Arte: Pintura Além dos Pinceis. Centro de Exposições da Torre Santander, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.42º Chapel Art Show. Chapel School, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.Seminário Internacional Arte e Natureza. Instituto Goethe, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Ecológica. Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.42º Salão de Arte de Piracicaba. Pinacoteca de Piracicaba, Brasil [Brazil]
.41º Chapel Art Show. Chapel School, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Projeto Tripé. SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.Prêmio Energias da Arte. Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.Visumix. Festival Satyrianas. Praça Roosevelt, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.40º Anual da FAAP. Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Cultivando a Natureza-da-Arte. Espaço Cultural BARCO, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.Fotografe Para Ver. Verbo. Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.Nós. Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]
.10 a Mil. Escola São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.A Natureza Fotográfica. Departamento de Artes da Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

.36ª anual da FAAP. Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]

Prêmios [Awards]
.Prêmio Mostras de Artistas no Exterior. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Brasil [Brazil]