1. A Space Between Images

I have always found great excitement in building narratives that lead viewers to glance at what lies beyond human experience. My comics include reptiles, yuppies and mummified fish, and ask what it's like to be in something else's skin. Changing the audience’s self image is fundamental to my work, and while the precision of ink lets me craft clear characters, my work with stages allows for more ambivalence. By designing and performing a show, space is created for the unexpected. In singing and dancing about a snake, the question arises as to who is the snake. Behind the obvious lies a larger, messier, conversation.

With a diverse dynamic of methods - pop music, drawings and stage designs - I try to play with human nature. Feelings of confusion, fascintation and empathy are building-blocks for good stories. By using my hands, voice and body, audiences are invited to experience alien points of view, and to discover characters that are more than what they seem to be on the surface.

If art is a web of fabricated human tradition, I look for moments where over-concentration on one element creates distortion. An installation around the word Snake gives form to a giant terrarium. Fuck Boy becomes a performance about confused young men. By theming characters and narratives with a few words, a constant negotiation emerges with the audience about the definition of said words. Terms like Hot Coal, Scum or Skinny White Male become focal points, and by blurring, something else is revealed. I find my talent in taking complex relations and presenting them in front of an audience, leaving the public to decide what to think.

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In the past André has worked as a conventional cartoonist, later expanding his interest in semantics and pictographs within the audio-visual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. During this period he found taking the stage to produce interesting narratives, and has developed his current practice around experimenting with stage design, performance, singing and dancing. He examines the paradoxes that lie between contemporary images, and through his performances, drawings, songs and stages, Chapatte observes subjects related to identity, human relationship to nature, and aspects of western lifestyle are often taken for granted. Captivated by the cognitive space between images, Chapatte searches for new and necessary symbolism, most times by overlapping conflicting ideas or switching-up elements of cultural positioning. He believes new meaning can be found in the friction between cultures, ideas and popular misconceptions, and that the path to enlightenment can be obtained with intelligent entertainment and accessible story-telling. 

Curriculum Vitae:

André D. Chapatte CH/USA
28.09.1988 Geneva, CH
Based in Brussels, BE
S: andrechapatte.com
E: adchapatte@gmail.com
T: (+32) 486 843 647


Institut Supérieur des Arts et Chorégraphie (ISAC), Brussels, 2016-2018
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam 2011-2015
Centre de Formation Professionnelle Arts Appliquée, Geneva 2004-2009


2017 ARC Artist Residency, Romainmôtier, Switzerland
2014 Workcenter 232, Amsterdam
2010 Ateliers Drozophile, Geneva 


2016 ‘Instinct, Not Language’, Club Sandwich, Amsterdam
2015 ‘Fuck-Boy’, Zoete-Broodjes project space, Amsterdam


2017 R4pp4cc1n1’5 D4ugh73r, Sorbus Galleria, Helsinki
2017 What does it Feel?, Le KIOSK, Geneva
2017 ‘Festival Poisson Évêque’, Le MAGA, Brussels
2016 ‘Gabriel Lester's Unresolved Extravaganza’, De Appel, Amsterdam
2016 ‘Lost Fortunes And Fuck Karma’, Laboratorio Artistico Pietra, Turin
2015 ‘Parallel Stories’ Van Klokkenluider tot dromenduider, Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2015 Museum Nacht, Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2015 ‘Behind the scenes - Who’s playing?’, Heesterlveld Creative Community, Amsterdam
2015 Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
2014 ‘ TM™ ’, Kulttuuribingo, Oulu, Finland
2014 ‘EEA Remix’, Ritetveld Pavilion, Amsterdam
2014 ‘By The Dozen’, Beelitz-Heilstätten, Beelitz
2014 ‘Constant Companion”, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
2010 Vernissage ‘Drozophile Nº8’, Galerie Séries Rares, Geneva
2009 Vernissage ‘Pornozine’ (with Charlatan & Fils), Le Cabinet, Geneva
2009 Vernissage ’Sardine Sucrée’ (with Charlatan & Fils), La Galerie, Geneva


(Upcoming) ‘Sublime Scum’, Altofest, Naples
(Upcoming) ‘The Dead Pigeon’, La Centrale Électrique, Brussels
2018 ‘Sublime Scum’, Altofest, Malta
2018 “Songs To Help People Die” release party, Cabaret Ursonate, Brussels
2017 ‘Public “Utopia”, Sorbus Galleria, Helsinki
2017 ‘Bio Hacked Mutant Assholes’, (with Otto Byström for Veranda) Sorbus, Helsinki
2017 ‘Sublime Scum’ (part of Festival ISAC), La Raffinerie, Brussels
2017 ‘Shared Utopia’, Le KIOSK (Place des Augustins), Geneva
2017 ‘Private Utopia’, between Le MAGA and Snack Atlas, Brussels
2016 ‘The Zachary Airhorn Show’, Omenapuutalo (for Sorbus), Helsinki
2016 ‘Reading and Lifting’ (for Stephan Blumenschein), The Bookstore Space, Amsterdam
2016 ‘The Hot Piece Of Coal’, Laboratorio Artistico Pietra, Turin
2016 ‘The Zachary Airhorn Show’, Club Sandwich, Amsterdam
2015 ‘An Evening With Zachary Airhorn’, The Poridge Factory, Liverpool
2015 ‘Fuck-Boy’, Museum Nacht at Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2015 ‘Fuck-Boy’, Zoete-Broodjes project space, Amsterdam
2014 ‘The Zachary Airhorn Show’, Sorbus Gallery, Helsinki
2014 ‘The Zachary Airhorn Show’, Free Art Space, Helsinki
2014 ‘The Zachary Airhorn Show’, Kulttuuribingo, Oulu
2014 ‘Like A Snake In A Nature Reserve’, Orgelpark, Amsterdam
2014 ‘Wat Maak Nie Dood Nie Maak Vet’, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
2014 ‘The Story Of Eli Jones’, Beelitz-Heilstätten, Beelitz
2013 ‘Calamity @ Campus’, Radio Rietveld open day, Amsterdam
2013 ‘Freud’s Joy’ (with The 'Staches), La Zona Mutante, Geneva
2012 ‘The Crusher’, Orgelpark, Amsterdam
2012 ‘Freud’s Joy & The Cavemen’, Château Carton, Geneva
2012 F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O., Studium Generale Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
2011 ‘Freud’s Joy’s Rock n’ Roll Extravaganzaa’, Rietveld Pavillion, Amsterdam
2011 ‘Holy Basement Sessions Release Party’, Château Carton, Geneva 


2016 ‘Fanfare Catalogue for Brno Bienale’, Fanfare, Amsterdam
2016 ‘The Hot Piece Of Coal’, Self Published, Turin
2015 ‘The Nature Reserve’, Self Published, Amsterdam
2015 ‘Tom Cat’ in Kuti nº35, Kutikuti, Finland
2014 ‘Trust Me, I’m An Artist’, collaboration with Gabriel Lester, Shanghai
2014 ‘Crawl nº1’, Workcenter 232, Amsterdam
2013 ‘Ricky, The Story Of Ricky Piano’, published by Extrapool at Graphixx, Antwerp
2013 ‘Thoughts On Cages And Other Such Apparatuses’, Self Published, Amsterdam
2013 ‘Tom Cat’ 2nd edition, Self Published, Amsterdam
2013 ’Tom Cat’, Self Published, Amsterdam
2013 ‘Apprendre A New Language’ in Fanzile Cubique nºC, Hécatombe, Geneva
2010 ‘Voleur’ in Drozophile nº8, Éditons Drozophile/Kouma, Geneva
2009 ‘Pornozine’, Published by Charlatan & Fils, Geneva 


2018 "Songs To Help People Die", Self Released, Brussels ( http://zacharyairhorn.bandcamp.com )
2013 ‘So Obsolete Sampler 2010 > 2013, So Obsolete, Amsterdam
2012 ‘Freud’s Joy’, So Obsolete Records, Amsterdam
2011 ‘The Holy Basement Sessions’, So Obsolete Records, Amsterdam
2010 ‘The Holy Basement Sessions’, Self Release, Geneva