Working almost exclusively in live and interdisciplinary art from 1976–2000, Stitt gained an international reputation for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. His artistic concern is prevailingly that of communities and their dissolution, often relating to trauma, conflict and art as a redemptive proposition. He often relates this back to the city of Belfast and the ‘Troubles’ it was going through during his upbringing. His live performance and installation works have been presented at major museums, galleries and sites specific throughout the world.
His work has been included in group exhibitions among others at MoMA PS1, New York (2000), Venice Biennale (2005), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,Gateshead, United Kingdom (2005), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2008), Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin (2011), and at the John Moore’s Painting Prize Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2012) and the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Visual Arts Exhibition (2012).
BBC News stated that “Stitt is considered to be one of Europe’s foremost interdisciplinary artists.” He has worked as a live artist since 1976, presenting his work in galleries, festivals, alternative venues and sites throughout the world. Stitt is identified with a strain of interdisciplinary art relating more to visual art and action, identified in his work as “akshun”.
For Hitparaden 1 Andre Stitt performed “Amnesia”
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary.”
“There’ll be people dying in this town who have never fucking died before”
Through spoken word, text, sound and projected image Stitt will reflect on the place of performance art in his life. From his childhood, and the civil conflict in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to a life spent travelling and making art around the world, Stitt considers how memory and recall, allegory, communal narrative, conflict, codes and myth inform the present.
The artist will use a microphone and projected images to create a monologue WITH SHORT PHYSICAL INTERACTIONS EG. PLACING OBJECTS ON A PLINTH AND VOCALISING INTO ANOTHER UPRIGHT MICROPHONE.
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. RECENT WORK INCLUDES: VENICE BIENNALE 2005, BLATIC CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, ENGLAND 2005, THE DRAWING CENTRE, NEW YORK, 2006, ARTSPACE, SYDNEY 2007, ASIATOPIA, BANGKOK 2008, SPACEX GALLERY, ENGLAND 2008, THE LAB, NEW YORK, 2009, MCAC, NORTHERN IRELAND 2009.
STITT Resistance Denmark 1999- copy