I look up the directions to go to André Komatsu’s studio. It is located in an area of Sao Paulo I’ve never been to before. There’s a football match the same evening I visit and the atmosphere in the streets is kind of raucous. Arriving at the place, a piece of paper informs me that the bell is broken and that I should knock on the garage door. I enter a huge space that resembles a warehouse. The garage door closes behind me and I meet André and the artists he shares his studio with. The place is covered with works of art and projects in progress.
We start looking at André’s portfolio and he explains how he came to working with performance, then architectural pieces, turning them into drawings and returning again to objects and installations. I am fascinated by the videos of his performances and the way in which they actualise and rethink the space they take place in.
In West or until where the sun can reach (2006), André walks in the city of Sao Paulo, holding a compass and heading West until he encounters an obstacle in his way. When there appears a wall he does not manage to climb over, the performance comes to its end. The restrictions of urban structures and the challenges they impose on us, is of great relevance for a city like Sao Paulo.