Artist Statement:"My work is obliquely - but heavily - indebted to the writings of two philosophers: Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze. Benjamin intensified my interest in history - especially counter-histories based on seemingly insignificant, marginal material. And Deleuze taught me so many things, most especially that joy is a far more rigorous concept than I once supposed."
Andrew Putter was born in 1965 in Cape Town and lives there. He was a founder member of Public Eye and co-instigator of the Mother City Queer Project. Solo and collaborative projects include 20 Smells for The Bowling Club, Cape Town (2007), Suburbanism in public spaces in Rondebosch, Cape Town (2004), and Post at the Bijou Cinema, Cape Town (2002). Recent group exhibitions include Us at Johannesburg Art Gallery (2009); Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2009); and the 10th Havana Biennale (2009). Putter won a 2007 Spier Contemporary award for his work Secretly I Will Love You More, exhibited at the Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg Art Gallery. Putter was awarded a fellowship from the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town for 2010.