Pedro Reyes: Pedro Reyes' Ambitious Installation Opens At Turner Contemporary

Article:   Pedro Reyes' Ambitious Installation Opens At Turner Contemporary


"This autumn Turner Contemporary presents the second installation in its Sunley Gallery as part of The Year of Mexico 2015 with Pedro Reyes’ Disarm (Mechanised), 2012. Disarm (Mechanized) is an ambitious installation, comprising of 8 mechanical musical instruments, resulting from Pedro Reyes’ international project in which illegal firearms were used to fabricate musical instruments. This is the first time Disarm (Mechanized) has been exhibited in a UK public gallery.

Musical instruments were created from firearms, including revolvers, shot-guns and machine-guns, which were crushed by tanks and steamrollers to render them useless. These were offered to the artist by the Mexican government following their confiscation and subsequent public destruction in the city of Ciudad, Juarez. From the 6,700 destroyed weapons the artist received from the Mexican Secretary of Defence, Reyes created two groups of instruments including Disarm. This installation of mechanical musical instruments can either be automated or played live by an individual operator using a laptop computer or midi keyboard. Disarm (Mechanized) will be automated to play in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery at intervals throughout the duration of the installation period.

For Pedro Reyes the process of transforming weapons into objects of positive utility was more than physical. “It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.”"   more at Artylst

Pedro Reyes Museum of Contemporary Art Taylor Collection Denver