Liverpool Biennial 2012 spotlight on Pedro Reyes
13 September 2012
Pedro's new work Melodrama and Other Games brings a series of new and specially designed games to FACT. Inspired by everyone's childhood favourite Snakes and Ladders, the first game Melodrama is designed to 'reflect the up's and down's of romantic human relationships'' such as meeting the parents, breakups, heartache, and lust.
Mine-Field, Feather Fun and Slow-Motion
Fight are customised parlour games designed to encourage
social interaction between strangers, which has been a key part of
much of Pedro's past work.
BOMB Magazine has described Pedro as an idealist who is trying to make the world a better place. He is has contributed to an urban farm in the abandoned Torre Insignia in his home of Mexico City with plots of land given to local residents to grow food, and encourage sustainability. He created his first studio in another abandoned Mexico City tower that is now home to a number of artist studios and has become 'a laboratory for artist's inventions'.
Pedro's recent exhibition at Mexico City's LABOR Gallery featured the Museum Of Hypothetical Lifetimes, an architectural model featuring galleries, corridors and exhibitions corresponding to different moments in the life of a person, from birth to death. Viewers were invited to move miniature objects around the 'gallery' to create a retrospective of their own life.
In the major two year long, project Pedro painstakingly created TV show called Baby Marx. The show features handmade Japanese puppets telling the story of the rise of Communism and 'Champion of the Proletariat Karl Marx'. The puppets continue to 'travel the world' and have recently visited Occupy Wall Street. W Magazine describes it as 'Sesame Street for any budding revolutionaries ages four and up'.
Liverpool Biennial 2012 opens on Saturday 15 September, find out more about the exhibition at FACT here.
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