Imagine. Installation and concert (2012).
Pedro Reyes, Imagine - Concert. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.
Born 1972. Lives and works in Mexico City.
Pedro Reyes works
through an expanded concept of sculpture that examines the cognitive
contradictions of modern life and proposes solutions that are simultaneously
simple and complex, metaphorical and functional. His work addresses
interactions between physical and social space, tangibly manifesting an
invisible interpersonal geometry through calls to political and economic
participation. He is more interested in re-imagining institutions than in
critiquing them. Reyes uses art as a way to encourage collective and individual
action, and to establish an exchange that might be applicable to the practice
of daily life in the face of human, political, and ecological crises.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK will be presented the interactive sculpture installation Imagine. For Proyecto Líquido. Miedo in
Mexico City, curated by Jessica Berlanga Taylor for Fundación Alumnos47, seven
musicians and two metalworkers transformed a half-ton of weapons into more than 40 musical instruments that also function as sculptural pieces.
On June 19, 2012, the musicians played an outdoor concert; playing a range
of versions of Imagine by John Lennon and songs by Rage Against the Machine,
in addition to other improvised pieces, they offered a series of implicit
reflections on the importance of coming together and gathering. These actions
reinforced the social and political dimensions of the work, which can only
function if its use is honest and free of manipulation. Since then, Imagine has
travelled to Melbourne, Australia; the biennials in Korea and Istanbul; Lisson
Gallery, London and The University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; activated
by professional musicians, students and anyone interested in activating the
In a special closing concert, Omar Cordova, Adrian Lopez, Alonso Lopez, Alberto Collodel, Mauro Sambo, Loris Tagliapietra, Aldo Aliprandi and Giorgio de Battisti will play these instruments again.
Pedro Reyes, Imagine. Exhibition view at the Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Samanta Cinquini.
Courtesy of Alumnos47.
Curated by Jessica Berlanga Taylor and presented by Alumnos47 Foundation.
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