Andreia Santana (born in Lisbon, lives and works in New York) is obsessed with finding histories of alienation and agency in archaeologic labor. Marginal archives, small narratives, B-sides, anomalous objects and phenomena, counter-mythologies, and dystopias are the tools she uses in order to unearth new interpretations and other possible narratives.
The documentation and information she gathers in the form of incomplete drafts, drawings, or descriptions, form the diachronic and speculative body of research that is in turn interpreted and materialized in her work. Crucially, Andreia Santana approaches matter itself practically, where no ontological distinction is made between animate and inanimate bodies, practice and discourse, gender and sex, while considering that matter and bodily forms are unstable, relational, and subject to repeated transformation.
The work of Andreia Santana has been shown internationally in venues and institutions including CCB, Lisbon; Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto; MAAT, Lisbon; In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand; Hangar, Lisbon; Generali Milano; Porto Municipal Gallery, Porto; Peninsula Art Space, New York; La Nave, Madrid, among others. Santana is currently nominated for the 14th Edition of EDP Prize.