My name is André Walya. I make artistic objects out of trash and repurpose them. The stuff I find everyday thrown out on the streets is the primary ingredient for any of my new projects. I believe that the world today needs to rethink their concept of waste, rather than blindly following the consumerism flow. My main objective is to prove that anything can be restored with care and persistence.
On December the 1st, the National Holiday of Romania, the streets were full of people.
They were expecting a military parade, orchestra, and maybe some snow.
The parade was over and the crowd was already dispersing when we arrived.
Nobody had expected to see this in the middle of the street.
The air is pretty tense, as the general public is fed up with the people in charge of things. Protests have been a weekly thing for almost a year.
“You should not give bombs to idiots” (Rom. bou=ox, idiot) Said one of the participants. Others went religious, and called it demonic, while others obscene.
Many were taking pictures, almost all the children loved it.
It was part of a plan to bring it to Misc. for an exhibition later that night.
I have personally never seen a military parade before, but I find it strange that parents would bring their children to see some armored vehicles. These were designed for war.
Today’s weapons have dwarved the mini nuke I have tried to replicate.
Let’s hope we are not led by idiots.
Pietà // All our leaders 2017
This installation I did for the Misc. opening Party.
Misc. opening party 22.09.2017
Misc. is a newly formed NGO in town which seeks to contribute to the local art scene through photography exhibitons and theatre performances.
Cigarette Factory built 1847
They have rehabilitated a space in the old abandoned cigarette factory, which because of neglection, is almost falling apart.
A violent storm tore down the roof of the building just days before the event.
Misc. opening party 22.09. 2017
This idea started from a small souvenir.
Building the body.
The big fish installation for the third edition of Dev9t Festival in Belgrade.
This was commisioned by my friends at Bipolar House for a special Christmas party. It took place at Calpe Gallery, an exquisite art gallery inside the Theresia Bastion.
Outside it was cold. The refurbished red bricks and some fresh techno music made partygoers forget all about it.
Mandala chandelier made out of recycled materials.