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Complete audio of the interview with Andre Stitt
Born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1958, Stitt is considered one of Europe's foremost performance and interdisciplinary artists. He has worked as an experimental artist since 1976 creating hundreds of unique works at major galleries, festivals, alternative venues and sites specific throughout the world.
A predominate theme in his artistic output is that of communities and their dissolution often relating to civil conflict and art as a redemptive proposition.
Recent exhibitions include: Venice Biennale 2005, Chapter, Cardiff 2005, Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006, Artspace, Sydney 2007, Asiatopia, Contemporary Art & Cultural Centre Bangkok 2008, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Northern Ireland 2009, GTgallery, Belfast, 2010, Belfast, N. Ireland & Howard Gardens Gallery, CSAD, Cardiff 2010, Galerie Lehtinen, Berlin 2011, Substation, Singapore, & St Paul St. Gallery Auckland, New Zealand 2011.
In 2008 he was awarded a major Creative Wales Award to develop his painting practice.
He is Professor of Performance and Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and is the director of the Centre for Fine Art Research at Cardiff School of Art & Design, (UWIC) Wales, UK.
In 2000 he opened trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff initiating a robust programme of international time based work.
Stitt’s curatorial work includes Span2 International Project, London 2001, Flashes From The Archives of Oblivion, Chapter, Cardiff 2007-08, RHWNT, Quebec 2003-04, Of Contradiction, Beijing 2005, Trace Displaced, Tramway Glasgow 2008, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2008 & Artspace, Sydney 2009.
His artistic output includes performance art, painting, drawing, installation, digital print, video, photography, and relational activity. He also produces music and tours with his band The Panacea Society.
Stitt's uncompromising style has been variously described as "..enigmatic and corruptive..unmissible" [Time Out, London] "..fierce integrity, immediate, spontaneous, releasing" [High Performance, USA] - Performance Magazine [UK] has described him as "..perhaps our shaman who is prepared to explore what most of us would not care to be let alone try to express" "..the nearest thing Britain has to a genuine indigenous cult performer." – “Arts best kept secret and last live wire” [ND Magazine, USA].
Curcioprojects, New York
Warning Contemporary Art, Northern Ireland