Born and raised in England by his Portuguese father and mother, Andrew has always been interested in his heritage and the Lusophone world, different cultures than his surroundings in England. For example, Andrew’s great-uncle was a political prisoner in Tarrafal situated in the Portuguese penal colony of Cape Verde, established during the authoritarian regime of Salazar’s Estado Novo, for dissenters who opposed the regime. Wanting to oust Salazar, Andrew’s great-uncle, a sailor protested with other sailors in a naval revolt in 1936, known as the “Revolta dos Marinheiros”, using two naval vessels in the Lisbon harbour. The revolt was unsuccessful, subsequently, costing all involved their freedom. (An account of this event appears at the end of Jose Saramago’s 1984 novel, O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis). Later, when much of Portuguese Africa sought independence from Portuguese rule, his father and uncle were sent among thousands of men, to quell the unrest in Portugal’s oversea territories, with no choice to oppose the war or face imprisonment. An avoidable colonial war, which rapidly became unpopular that ensued on many African fronts, Andrew’s father deployed in Mozambique and his uncle in Angola. As such, these aspects of Portuguese history and events form within Andrew a profound personal interest in Portuguese history, culture and politics, that led him to study a BA in Iberian and Latin American studies, at the University of London. Prior to university Andrew trained and performed capoeira for many years, along with holding fitness and personal training qualifications, as well as a college diploma in Humanities. Andrew is currently conducting an MRes in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies.
Apart from Andrew’s current concentration at university, he is also interested in the aesthetics of clothes and images, the meanings and representations they formulate and project, especially those cultural artefacts belonging to the 1950s. ‘Um Homem na Cidade’ is a project that addresses such interests, showcasing 1950s menswear. An 1950s aesthetic is often apparent in Andrew’s visual presentation, but day to day he is not solely influenced by the era, but also enjoys, and is driven by many contemporary things.