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Pedro Lasch, Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Pedro Lasch
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Office Location:  220 Smith Arts Warehouse, Box 90766
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B.F.A.The Cooper Union1999
MFA Fine Art (Art Practice) - Graduated with DistinctionGoldsmiths, University of London, London, U.K.2010

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

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.

Areas 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


Contemporary Art • Visual Culture • Visual Studies • Visual Practice • Conceptual Art • Installation Art • Political Art • Drawing • Painting • Printmaking • Video • Performance • Latino/a Studies • Immigration Studies • Latin American Studies • Experimental Pedagogy • Cultural Anthropology • Sociology

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Laurenn McCubbin  
  • Talena Sanders  
  • Wolfgang Hastert  
  • Peter Lisignoli  
  • Elizabeth Landesberger  
  • Lisa McCarty  
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 (Fall, 2010), Nasher Museum of Art and Franklin Humanities Institute. Distributed by Duke University Press [available here]
  2. P. Lasch and others, in Cartography: Artists + Maps, edited by Katharine Harmon (2009), Princeton Architectural Press  [abs]
  3. Lasch, P; 16Beaver Group, , Iraq Questionnaire Answers, October Magazine no. No. 123 (Winter, 2008), pp. 149-160, MIT Press
  4. Lasch, P, El color de la razón: racismo epistemológico y razón imperial, edited by Mignolo, W; Eze, EC; Henry, P; Castro-Gómez, S, El desprendimiento: pensamiento crítico y opción descolonial no. 3 (Spring, 2008), pp. cover & p2-cover & p2, Argentina: Editorial Signo and GlobalArgentina: Editorial Signo & Durham: Globalization and the Humanities Project, Duke University
  5. Ramírez, M; Tania, ; Lasch P, , Ser mixteco o purépecha ya no puede entenderse con una lógica territorial, La Jornada (México) (October, 2007)
  6. Lasch, P; others, , An Atlas of Radical Cartography, edited by Mogel, L; Bhagat, A (2007), Los Angeles: Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press
  7. Lasch P, , Map of New ORDER Lines, edited by Ahn, K, Journal BOL no. Issue #4 (2006), Seoul: BOL
  8. Lasch, P, Tanta Cerca Tan Cerquita, in Catalog for Transitio 2007: International Festival of Electronic Arts & Transnational Communities, edited by Quintanilla, EG; Delgado, M (Spring, 2009), Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City
  9. 16 Beaver Group, , Between US: Exhibition Notes and Documentation, in Fever Variations: Gwangju Biennale 2006 Catalogue, edited by Kim, H-H, vol. 2 (2006), pp. 168-169, Gwangju Biennale Foundation
  10. Lasch, P, Naturalizations, in Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos: Faces Seen, Hearts Unkown (Exhibitition Catalogue), edited by Malagamba, A (2006), pp. 66-66, Notre Dame: Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame
  11. Beck, J, The Art of Memory and Navigation Across Asia, in Fever Variations: Gwangju Biennale 2006 Catalogue, edited by Kim, H-H, vol. 1 (2006), pp. 281-295, Gwangju Biennale Foundation
  12. N. Thompson & G. Sholette, The Interventionists: User’s Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (2004), pp. 111-112, Cambridge, MASS MoCA Publication & MIT Press
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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