Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who crosses the boundaries of the worlds of design, film, architecture and pedagogy. His expanded notion of sculpture aims to create solutions to social problems by increasing an individual and collective degree of agency.
Trained as an architect, Reyes is known for his architectural structures and his performance and video work from the early 2000s. Some of his public projects include the penetrable sculptures also known as capulas (2001 to 2009); Palas Por Pistolas or “Shovels from Pistols” (2006 to 2008), where he organised a voluntarily donated accumulation of 1 527 weapons that were transformed into shovels to plant trees; and Baby Marx, a television show that started through his work with Japanese puppet makers and grew into a commercial TV series.
He has exhibited in museums such as the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Venice Biennial and the New Museum in NY. 2011 will see three solo exhibitions organised by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Guggenheim Museum in NY and Foundation MAC/VAL in Paris.