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Pedro Lasch, Associate Research Professor

Pedro LaschSpecialization:

    Installation Art
    Latin American/Caribbean Art
    New Media
    Social Art Practice & Participatory Art
    Visual Studies/Visual Culture

Research Interests:

Area of Interest: Contemporary Art
Visual Culture
Visual Studies
Political Art
Conceptual Art
Installation Art
Visual Practice
Latino/a Studies
Immigration Studies
Latin American Studies
Experimental Pedagogy
History & Philosophy of Science

I see my work as a consecutive set of acts and ideas that complement and interrupt the flow of the everyday. It’s a chain of routine-breaking routines. My role as an artist, researcher, educator, activist, cultural organizer, and producer can be understood as a cohesive whole, which develops within specific social situations and exists within and outside of conventional art settings. Presentations in museums, galleries, and academic contexts represent only a part of my overall production. A preoccupation with the theory and practice of a socially engaged art, which is rooted in daily exchanges, has led me to the formulation of an aesthetics based on public interventions, social interactions, games, and temporal rearrangements. The range of my projects encompasses anti-monuments, language games, artist's books, radio works, lunch events, experimental workshops, events, and activities, as well as more conventional work in the form of installations, video, photography, painting, printmaking, and drawing. Regular participation in the organization and production of cultural and social networks, such as art collectives like 16Beaver Group (NY) and various immigrant grassroots organizations is also a very significant part of my work. The circulation of my work in international circuits is a direct result of an ongoing engagement with the culture of cross-class cosmpolitanism.


  • MFA Fine Art (Art Practice) - Graduated with Distinction Goldsmiths, University of London, London, U.K. 2010
  • BFA - Visual Arts The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY 1999

Contact Info:

Office Location:  220 Smith Warehouse
Email Address:   pedro.lasch@duke.edu
Web Page:   http://www.pedrolasch.com/

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P. Lasch with S. Aravamudan, J. Gonzalez, A. Maillet, W. Mignolo, P. Sigal. Black Mirror/Espejo Negro by Pedro Lasch. Nasher Museum of Art and Franklin Humanities Institute. Distributed by Duke University Press, (Fall, 2010). [available here]
  2. P. Lasch with 16Beaver Group. "Iraq Questionnaire Answers." October Magazine  no. No. 123 (Winter, 2008): 149-160.
  3. P. Lasch. "El color de la razón: racismo epistemológico y razón imperial." El desprendimiento: pensamiento crítico y opción descolonial. Edited by Walter Mignolo, Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze, Paget Henry, Santiago Castro-Gómez.  no. 3 (Spring, 2008): cover & p2.
  4. McKee, Yates. "Contemporary Art & the Legacies of Democracy." A Guide to Democracy in America  (2008): p 34-35.
  5. Molina Ramírez, Tania. "Ser mixteco o purépecha ya no puede entenderse con una lógica territorial." La Jornada (México)  (October, 2007).
  6. De Acosta, Alejandro. "Latino/a America: A Geophilosophy for Wanderers." An Atlas of Radical Cartography. Edited by Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat.  (2007).
  7. G. Cardenas. "Visualizing Mexican Migration to the United States."  CMD Working Paper #06-04e, The Center for Migration and Development Working Paper Series (June, 2006).
  8. 16Beaver Group. "Map of New ORDER Lines." Journal BOL. Edited by Kyunghwa Ahn.  no. Issue #4 (2006).
  9. P. Lasch. Tanta Cerca Tan Cerquita.  edited by Eds. Grace Quintanilla & Mariana DelgadoCentro Nacional de las Artes, (Spring, 2009).
  10. 16 Beaver Group. Between US: Exhibition Notes and Documentation.  edited by Hong-hee KimGwangju Biennale Foundation, (2006): 168-169.
  11. P. Lasch. Naturalizations.  edited by Amelia MalagambaNotre Dame: Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, (2006): 66.
  12. J. Beck. The Art of Memory and Navigation Across Asia.  edited by Hong-hee KimGwangju Biennale Foundation, (2006): 281-295.
  13. N. Thompson & G. Sholette. The Interventionists: User’s Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. Cambridge, MASS MoCA Publication & MIT Press, (2004): 111-112.
  14. Greenberg, Blue. "Triangle's ten best art exhibitions of 2008." The Herald-Sun  (December, 2008).
  15. Greenberg, Blue. "At the Nasher, new life for an ancient collection." The Herald-Sun  (June, 2008).
  16. Broili, Susan. "Exhibit combines art of two worlds in new statement." The Herald-Sun  (June, 2008).
  17. Cotter, Holland. "PRIMITIVISM REVISITED: After the End of an Idea." The New York Times  (January, 2007).
  18. M. Rakowitz. "Pedro Lasch’s Open Routines - Artists’ Artists Section." Art Forum  (December, 2006).
  19. C. Houser. "Review of Pedro Lasch Solo Exhibition at Queens Museum of Art." Art Nexus  no. 61 (June, 2006).
  20. R. Beattie. "Immigrant Art Exhibitions: Insights of Passage." New York York Times  (May, 2006).
  21. R. González Mello. "Andamios Interiores." Curare: Espacio Crítico para las Artes  no. 15 (1999): 88-89.

Selected Exhibitions

  1. Red Conceptualismos del Sur / Memorias Disruptivas: Tácticas para entrar y salir de los Bicentenarios de América Latina y el Caribe, November 30, 2010 - December 1, 2010, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain [html]    
  2. EYE CONTACT Works by Pedro Lasch and Tony Conrad, November 13, 2010 - December 02, 2010, Event Gallery, in collaboration with various cultural and social organizations, London, U.K.    
  3. Estéticas Decoloniales, November 9, 2010 - December 15, 2010, Museum of Modern Art (MAMBO), Bogotá, Colombia.    
  4. Revolution and Diaspora: Work by Ana Noble & Pedro Lasch, October 28, 2010 - November 19, 2010, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, U.K.    
  5. Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, October 3, 2010 - January 16, 2011, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. [available here]    
  6. Pedro Lasch and Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG) / Three Anniversary Reports (Parts 2 and 3 to follow in 2011 and 2012), September 11, 2010, AND AND AND Platform, Documenta 13. Kassel, Germany. [andandand30.html]    
  7. Greater New York (An Atlas of Radical Cartography), May 23, 2010 - October 18, 2010, PS1 MoMA, New York. [310]    
  8. Deschooling Society (Part 2 will follow as exhibition in Summer 2012), April 29, 2010 - May 1, 2010, Serpentine Gallery and Hayward Gallery, London, U.K. [available here]    
  9. (solo) Veiled Conversation No. 9: An Irreverent Listening Engagement with John Cage’s Empty Words, February 24, 2010, The Showroom, London, U.K. [programme.html]    
  10. Pickpocket: An Unlisted Intervention for International Art Fairs, Events, and Biennials, February 17, 2010 - February 21, 2010, ARCO International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain [html]    
  11. Ghetto Biennale: A Salon des Refusés for the 21st Century, November 28, 2009 - December 18, 2009, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti    
  12. Pickpocket: An Unlisted Intervention for International Art Fairs, Events, and Biennials, October 15, 2009 - October 18, 2009, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK [available here]    
  13. Staging Citizenship, August 19, 2009 - August 31, 2009, Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia    
  14. Evolution de l’Art (EdlA): L'invendable / The unsaleable, April 25, 2009, Jean-Philippe Convert, Brussels    
  15. Looking at Others, February 10, 2009 - April 17, 2009, Zagreb Art Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia    
  16. (solo) Four Works by Pedro Lasch, March 7 - April 18, 2009, Galerie of Marseille, Marseille, France [pdf]    
  17. (solo) Black Mirror / Espejo Negro: Three Projects by Pedro Lasch, . October 12 – November 9, 2008, LUXE Gallery, New York    
  18. What Keeps Mankind Alive? and Continental Drift, November 26 – 30, 2008, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia    
  19. Transitio 2007: International Festival of Electronic Arts & Transnational Communities (Mexico-US Foundation), October 19, 2007 - October 20, 2007, Centro Nacional de las Artes & Centro Cultural Lagunilla-Tepito-Peralvillo, Mexico City, Mexico.    
  20. An Atlas, September 26, 2007 - October 28, 2007, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA    
  21. EdlA (Evolution de l’Art), March 21, 2007 - April 22, 2007, Priestor for Contemporary Art, Slovakia.    
  22. Primitivism Revisited, December 15, 2006 - January 27, 2007, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY    
  23. The Last Chapter_Trace Route: Remapping Global Cities, Gwangju Biennial 2006, September 08, 2006 - November 11, 2006, Biennale Hall, Gwangju City, South Korea    
  24. Public Moment: Artist Forum International (AFI), Section: Justice, Collective Expectations, Collective Potentials, August 19, 2006 - September 17, 2006, INSA Art Space and various other locations, Seoul, South Korea    
  25. How do we want to be governed? V.1.0 CRIC Centre de reflexion sur l'image et ses contextes and Ecole Cantonal de Art d'Valais, Halle Carrosserie, Route de l'ancien Sierre 11, May 04, 2006 - June 17, 2006, Sierre, Switzerland    
  26. (solo) Open Routines, March 12, 2006 - July 09, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, New York [open-routines-recent-projects-by-pedro-lasch]    
  27. When Artists Say We, March 08, 2006 - April 29, 2006, Artists Space, New York    
  28. Patriot, 2005, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD    
  29. Solidarity Unlimited, 2005, Rum 46, Aarhus, Denmark    
  30. Borderhack 2005, 2005, Playas Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico    
  31. CounterCampus (Part IV of "Cram Sessions" Exhibition Series), 2005, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD    
  32. Land(e)scaping, 2005, Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel    
  33. The 2005 Monique Beudert Project, 2005, Royal College of Art, London    
  34. 24/7, 2004, Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania    
  35. Artists' Books, 2004, Baltic: The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England    
  36. Get Rid of Yourself, 2004, ACC Gallery, Weimar and Stiftung Federkiel, Leipzig, Germany    
  37. How Latitudes Become Form (Translocal Channel), 2004, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN    
  38. Radiopolyphony, 2004, The Thing & Diapason Gallery, New York    
  39. Home Fronts (SENI: Art & the Contemporary), 2004, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore    
  40. Social Capital, 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program Exhibition, Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York    
  41. The Big Nothing, 2004, Mutter Museum, Phildelphia, PA    
  42. The Interventionists, 2004, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA    
  43. 16 Beaver Lunch Time Series (10 monthly events), 2002, 16 Beaver Group, New York    
  44. Collaborative/MODE (AccessZONE 0.2), 2001, Bronx Museum, New York    
  45. Change of Address, 1999, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, New York    
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Latino/a Culture & Its Current Impact (Keynote Address), Diamante Awards & Latino Gala Event, October 18, 2008, Marriott-Convention Center, Durham, NC    
  2. LATINO/A AMERICA & Jacob Lawrence’s Migrations Series (Slide Talk) for Panel: Epics of Black and Brown: A Public Panel on the Representation, Culture and Experience of African American and Latino/a Migrations. Participants: Harry Harrison, Claudia Milian, October 2, 2008, Golden Belt Arts, Durham, NC    
  3. Lacanian Analysis & the Naturalizations Project (Special Workshop) in relation to The Screams of Silence: Depression and Other Maladies of Modern Times, a visiting lecture by Alejandro Salamonovitz, PhD, International Exchange Program, September 20, 2008, North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation & Lucy Daniels Foundation, Durham, NC    
  4. "El Greco to Velazquez" & "Black Mirror/Espejo Negro," Workshop #1 for NC Teachers' Open House, September 11, 2008, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC    
  5. Geography Colloquium. Participants: Jeremy Crampton, Lize Mogel, John Krygier, Denis Wood, Pedro Lasch, September 5, 2008, Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC    
  6. General co-organizer, moderator and workshop leader for Transnational Communities, 4th Section of the Symposium for “Transitio 2007: International Festival of Electronic Arts.” Panelists & presenters: Néstor García Canclini, Diana McCarty, Fran Ilich, Ale, October 19 & 20, Mexico-US Foundation, Centro Nacional de las Artes & Centro Cultural Lagunilla-Tepito-Peralvillo, Mexico City, Mexico    
  7. Games, Non-Habitual Habit, and Temporal Rearrangements & Naturalizations Workshop, August 11, 2007, Visiting Lecture Series, Elsewhere Collaborative Space. Greensboro, NC.    
  8. Special Artist Tour of Beauty is in the Street Exhibition, May 10, 2007, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.    
  9. LATINO/A AMERICA Mapping Workshop, April 27, 2007, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.    
  10. Games, Non-Habitual Habit, and Temporal Rearrangements, April 26, 2007, Center for Latino Arts and Culture, 122 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.    
  11. Legality & Legitimacy (Keynote Address), April 14, 2007, ). 1st NC Latino Arts and Culture Summit, National Council for Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC.    
  12. La Virgen más… A conversation with Jean Franco and Renato Rosaldo, with story-telling by Pedro Lasch. Introduction by Alyshia Galvez and Mary Louise Pratt., April 6, 2007, “Vírgenes Viajeras/Travelling Virgins Mini-conference,” New York University Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, King Juan Carlos Center, New York, NY.    
  13. (Why) Are We Latino/as? (Lecture) & Naturalizations Workshop, March 21, 2007, El Centro Hispano, Durham, NC.    
  14. Games, Non-Habitual Habit, and Temporal Rearrangements, February 22, 2007, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago, IL    
  15. La Naturalización y Otros Mitos del Nacionalismo, October 07, 2006, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico    
  16. Tácticas Culturales Migratorias, October 6, 2006, Third International Congress on Migration, CIESAS Occidente, Mexico City, Mexico    
  17. Naturalizations and other experiential displacements, September 26, 2006, The Center for the Humanities, Temple University, Philadelphia    
  18. Games, Non-Habitual Habits, and Temporary Rearrangements, September 25, 2006, Critical Dialogues Lecture Series. Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia    
  19. What Are We Before We Are Naturalized?, August 31, 2006, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN    
  20. Between Us: Experimental Seminar, August 18, 2006, INSA Art Space, Seoul, DMZ, and various locations in South Korea    
  21. El Museo y la Migración / The Museum and Immigration, July 8, 2006, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York    
  22. Between US: Faces and Borders, June 26, 2006, INSA Art Space, Seoul, Republic of Korea    
  23. Open Routines, May 12, 2006, King Juan Carlos Center, New York University, New York    
  24. Dances and Theaters of Everyday Life, May 05, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, NY    
  25. Second Sonidero Gathering (with Tony Neri and Angel Nevarez), April 22, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, NY    
  26. The Book of Mirrors; Open Routines; Maximiliano, April 21, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, NY    
  27. First Sonidero Gathering (with Javier Juarez & Diego Medina), March 18, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, NY    
  28. Open Routines; Maximiliano;Statements on the Mask, March 12, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, NY    
  29. Move Your Ask (with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri), November 5, 2005, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, ML    
  30. Media Defacements, multimedia presentation; and Divided States Tour (with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri), February 20, 2005, Rum46, Aarhus, Denmark    
Selected Public Lectures

  1. Tianguis Transnacional: Indigenous Migrancy & Migrant Indigeneity (Slide talk & Naturalizations workshop) for What Keeps Mankind Alive? and Continental Drift Seminar, November 30, 2008, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia    
  2. Panel on Black Mirror/Espejo Negro & special artist tour. Panelists: Jennifer Gonzalez, Walter Mignolo, Peter Sigal, Arnaud Maillet, Pedro Lasch., November 22, 2008, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC.    
  3. Panel on Latino Arts & Culture & Special artist tours of the exhibition. Panelists: María DeGuzmán, Mary Regan, Mike Muñoz, Rodrigo Dorfman, Pedro Lasch. Moderator: Lizette Cruz-Watko, June 7, 2008, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC.    
  4. Migrations Panel. Panelists: Thavisouk Phrasavath, Lourdes Portillo, Gordon Quinn, Alex Rivera, Gita Saedi, and Renee Tajima-Peña. Pedro Lasch (moderator), April 5, 2008, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Arts Center — PSI Theater    
  5. Encuentro Sonidero (Full-day Sonidero Event: Panel & Workshop & DJ Bash/Dance). Participants: Juanito Colombia El Travieso, Catherine Ragland, Jaime Castillo, Raul Perez - Cumbiambero, Kelley Tatro, Joaguin Huerta - Super Dengue, Efrain Perez, Pedro Lasch, March 29, 2008, Arts Center, Carrboro, NC.    
  6. Indigenous Immigrants, November 04, 2006, 16Beaver Space, New York    
  7. Avantgarde Folklore, July 28, 2006, 2006 Conference of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, Tepoztlán, Mexico    
  8. Rutinas Abiertas y el Movimiento Inmigrante, May 14, 2006, Blessed Sacrament Auditorium, Jackson Heights, New York    
  9. Art, Story-Telling, and the Five Senses, March 03, 2006, Navigating the Global American South Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill    
  10. Naturalizations and Indigenous Culture, February 11, 2006, The 2006 Carolina and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference    
  11. What Are We Before We Are Naturalized? & Statements on the Mask, May 1, 2005, Polvo Gallery, Chicago    
  12. Counter-Cartographies & Other 16 Beaver Projects, April 30, 2005, Zhou B. Center, Chicago, IL    
  13. Work Selections by Pedro Lasch, February 20, 2004, 16 Beaver Space, New York    
Selected Other

  1. Roundtable: Art and the US-Mexico Border, September 1, 2006, Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame    
  2. Grand Sonidero Bash, June 17, 2006, Queens Museum of Art, New York    

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