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Pedro Reyes in "Mexico City"Preview

In this preview from the Mexico City episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Pedro Reyes organizes a workshop where participants create musical instruments from firearms.

“Doing these workshops is an attempt to transform not only the material metal, but also to try to create a psychological transformation,” says the artist. “And, hopefully, a social transformation.”

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Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes designs ongoing projects that propose playful solutions to social problems. From turning guns into musical instruments, to hosting a People’s United Nations to address pressing concerns, to offering ecologically-friendly grasshopper burgers from a food cart, Reyes transforms existing problems into ideas for a better world. When encountering a project by the artist, viewers are often enlisted as participants or as creators of objects in collaborative workshops. Originally trained as an architect, Reyes is acutely aware of how people interact with the built environment, with many of the artist’s works taking the form of enclosures.

“Doing these workshops is an attempt to transform not only the material metal, but also to try to create a psychological transformation. And, hopefully, a social transformation.”

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