PEDRO MESA

Brooklyn, New York  /  https://www.pedromesa.com/

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.


As a Colombian artist and writer, I explore writing, speech, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation,
and video to explore notions of concealment in identity constructs. My work problematizes the gaps
between hegemonic and peripheral cultures, such as my own. Through my pieces, I research the
possibilities of these traditions and their (mis)translation[s], reformulating, and disrupting these
objects and models' movements through different societies. My process and flow through other
techniques serve me to de-familiarize my own identity and audience. Moving through various media,
I put my identity as a Latin-American cultural producer in crisis, operating within larger art-making
paradigms. I am critically interested in problematizing my work in relation to the progression(s) that
the arts have followed, paralleling the so-called History of Art and other general, economic, and
sociological genealogies.

 


I hold an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a BFA Studio Arts [Laureate], and a BA
in Literature [Laureate], both from the University of Los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. I have
exhibited two solo exhibitions in New York–"No One Listening" at Creative Drive, and "Barren
Land" at the HEREart Center. Group shows include The Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá, The
Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogotá, The Center for History, Memory, and Peace in Bogotá,
and the China Academy of Art in Hang Zhou, amongst others. My work has been reviewed in the
Brooklyn Rail, VICE, TEDx, and others. I am a faculty member of the BFA Fine Arts and BA Art History departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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