© Andres Serrano
© Andres Serrano
© Andres Serrano

ANDRES SERRANO

Born on 15 August 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, Andres Serrano, during the last two decades, has dared (and continue to do so)  to awaken a collective public and intellectual consciousness with his outrgeous photographs. Because his first artistic years were prolific around the concept of human fluids and religion, he may well be remembered for his Piss Christ (a crucifix plunged in human piss), which created an international scandal about federal funding of works of art and about the role of censorship and the right of artistic expression. In Australia years later a large scale version of the work was smashed with a hammer by a catholic radical prosecutor. But the work produced during the last twenty years -searing and incisive in its direct confrontation with contemporary reality- is evidence in itself that this artist's primary purpose is simply to photograph people, to reclaim their humanity. Thus, controversy is a necessary and sometimes unwelcome by-product of the work itself. Serrano seeks the aesthetic distance of the photograph, which allows his subjects to belong to a new space and dimension. Simultaneously, they become symbols of our time, icons to be reinterpreted by the viewer. His work (the Morgue) has been shown worldwide in main Museums and galleries. Photology has been representing Andres Serrano (works available for sale) since 1996 with the group show Colorealismo in Milano. Later, in 1998, he had his first solo show ever in  London and Milano with Photology,  introducing the controversial serie A History of sex, featuring his first pocket size catalogue (book available for sale). In 2001 and 2004 he exhibited again in Milano at Photology The interpretation of dreams and America. He is also included in the group show 20forU in 2012.