André Alves is a visual artist and currently a doctoral researcher in Artistic Practice at Valand Academy. He previously studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (2013-16), holds a MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati (2011) under a Fulbright fellowship, a MA in Art Education (2009) and a BFA (2005) from the University of Porto.

 

His research practice develops strategies in which choreographed approaches to narration, orality and image-poem, make use of emotions as artistic material/medium to reflect – but also to intervene – within certain political circumstances. These practices develop shared empathetic insights that offer questioning to the social dimension of common coexistence by paying attention to the possibilities (and politics) of touch/contact and listening as a process of care.