Pedro Lasch

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Office: 

Smith Arts Warehouse, Room 220, Durham, NC 27708

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.

Education:

  • MFA Fine Art (Art Practice) - Graduated with Distinction 2010, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, U.K.

  • BFA - Visual Arts 1999, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY

  • B.F.A. 1999, Cooper Union

Books

  • Eight Ways to Look at a Map: Modular statements from the LATINO/A AMERICA Series (translation from 2006 English-Spanish text), December, 2013
    Lasch, P

  • HETEROPOLIS,
    Lasch, P

  • Géoesthétique,
    Lasch, P

  • TAKE ME TO THE TOP: The Fine Art of Finance, A project by Pedro Lasch, with the collaboration of Stefano Harney and Sverre Spoelstra London Eye, July 5th, 2012 Produced by Hayward Gallery for the Wide Open School exhibition, December, 2013
    Lasch, P

  • Transnational Community-Based Production, Cooperative Art, and Informal Trade Networks, January, 2013
    Lasch, P; Cruz, T

  • What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation,
    Lasch, P; Cruz, T

  • Grand Gestures & (Im)Modest Proposals: A Project for Documenta 13 AND AND AND, September 11, 2012
    Lasch, P

  • Breve argumento visual por una estética descolonial,
    Lasch, P

  • Lecturas para un espectador inquieto,
    Lasch, P

  • Un Atlas de Cartografías Radicales, November, 2010
    Lasch, P; others,

  • Black Mirror/Espejo Negro by Pedro Lasch, Fall, 2010
    P. Lasch with S. Aravamudan, J. Gonzalez, A. Maillet, W. Mignolo, P. Sigal

  • P. Lasch and others,

  • An Atlas of Radical Cartography,
    P. Lasch and others

Awards:

2013 National Artist Research Fellowship, Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Justice, George Mason University, Washington, DC

2009 2009 Tiffany Award Nomination, Nominated by Anonymous Panel of Experts

2007 The 2007 Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation

2007 North Carolina Council for the Arts Board Membership, Governor Mike Easley, North Carolina

2007 2007-08 Franklin Humanities Institute Seminar Fellowship: Recycle, Duke University

2006 The 2006 Leaders of the Present Award, Asociación Tepeyac de New York, N.Y.

2006 Noche Dorada Award, The Rho Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lamda Fraternity, Inc

1999 Official Recommendation, Mexico City’s Commission of Art for Public Spaces (CAEP)

1999 Ruth Gutman Epstein Award in Sculpture, New York Artists Equity Association, New York

1998 Howard Steinberg Award in Painting, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York