Pedro Reyes

Born 1972, Mexico City, Mexico | Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

Pedro Reyes, installation view of Disarm (Mechanized), with Bidoun Library in the background © Pedro Reyes. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery, London; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Pedro Reyes uses sculpture, video, and performance to explore the boundaries between the individual and the group, between ordinary experiences and extraordinary moments of interaction. His socially engaged practice seeks alternative methods to restore a peaceful society through pedagogy and participation. Formally trained in architecture, Reyes founded the experimental project space Torre De Los Vientos (Mexico City, 1996–2002). Solo exhibitions of his work include Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2011) and the Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2011). He has participated in group exhibitions at Serpentine Gallery (London, 2010) and Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City, 2010). His work has been featured in the Liverpool Biennial (2012), Documenta 13 (2012), and the Sharjah Biennial II (2013).

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More about the artist

Pedro Reyes (personal website)

Pedro Reyes Disarm: Turning Weapons into Instruments

Pedro Reyes dissects the war on drugs (The Boston Globe, July 2013)

DISARM at Lisson Gallery (Sean Dower, March 2013)

An Orchestra of Guns (Studio 360, March 2013)

Weapon for change: interview with Mexican artist Pedro Reyes (London Evening Standard, March 2013)

Death metal: The Mexican artist who makes musical instruments from firearms (Daily Mail Online, February 2013)

Pedro Reyes Turns Guns into Musical Instruments (The Huffington Post, February 2013)

Pedro Reyes (BOMB 96/Winter 2006)