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Art Biennials & Other Global Disasters

(2013-ongoing)



Physical and digital banners, installations, paintings, diagrams, collective research and production workshops.

Art / World / Disaster
2013

ART / WORLD / DISASTER is the first installment of a series entitled Art Biennials & Other Global Disasters. It was produced for the Byblos Bank Art Gallery Beirut, Lebanon (2013). The seemingly celebratory corporate banners were used to initiate dialogues with local participants by means of a series of workshops and public discussions. They also served as the cohesive element bringing together social and curatorial projects produced by local artists, students, curators, activists, and scholars.

Banners And Pairings

Gulf Labor

Pedro Lasch’s contributions to the 52 Weeks campaign and other work for Gulf Labor are part of a series entitled Art Biennials & Other Global Disasters.

To learn more about Gulf Labor, visit: http://gulflabor.org

Islands of Tragedy and Fantasy
12th Havana Biennial, 2015

Monumental banners installed at the Pabellón Cuba, gallery installation, and series of workshops with local artists and intellectuals.

Islands of Tragedy and Fantasy is a new work of art produced specifically for the context of the 12th Havana Biennial. It is part of the Art Biennials & Other Global Disasters series, begun in Beirut in 2013.

Research Diagrams And Materials

This series provocatively pairs well-known, or deservedly memorable art events with global political, economic or ecological disasters. Each banner offers a different challenge to viewers and participants, by the sheer specificity of its double naming. For instance the banner “Venice / Chernobyl” triggers very different associations and significations than “Sharjah / Kanungu” or “Kassel / Banqiao”. Additional layers of meaning appear through the physical and cultural context in which these seemingly celebratory corporate banners are placed. The banners often serve to initiate dialogues with local participants by means of a series of workshops and public discussions. They also become the cohesive element bringing together social and curatorial projects produced by local artists, students, curators, activists, and scholars, wherever the project may go. New works in the series offer a particular focus to overall process of accumulation and memory production.