Forging tools of death into instruments of life, Pedro Reyes provides an uplifting vision of a world free from weapons and full of music.
Disarm is Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’s socio-political critique on contemporary society and our responsibility towards it. Using parts from thousands of weapons confiscated by the Mexican government, Reyes has worked with local artisans to create an ensemble of 47 ingenious instruments – electric guitars fashioned from assault weapons, drum sets from pistols, flutes from shotguns, a harmonica carved from a handgun. Disarm is an inspired model of symbolic transformation, and a bold declaration: make art not war!
But Reyes’s creations are much more than art objects: each is a unique, functioning musical instrument, and Melbourne Festival has invited the city’s most diverse and talented musicians to improvise with them in the NGV’s Federation Court as part of the Disarm exhibition.
|Sat 12 Oct
||Members of the Australian Art Orchestra - Niko Schauble (percussion); Nat Grant (percussion and electronics); Anita Hustas (strings); Dale Gorfinkel (percussion and wind); Adrian Sherriff (wind and electronics); Rosalind Hall (wind and electroacoustic treatments), programmed by Artistic Director, Peter Knight.
Cash bar in Federation Court from 3pm.
|Sun 13 Oct
||Members of the Australian Art Orchestra - Dale Gorfinkel (percussion and wind); Brian Ritchie (wind and strings); Peter Knight (wind and electronics); Tony Hicks (wind); Nat Grant (percussion and electronics); Ren Walters (strings), programmed by Artistic Director, Peter Knight.
|Sun 20 Oct
||BOLT Ensemble, directed by James Hullick. Belinda Woods: Flute/percussion, Andrea Keeble: Violin/percussion, Miranda Hill: Bass/percussion, James Hullick: voice, percussion, guitar and the hurdy gurdy.
|Sun 27 Oct
||Make It Up Club - Sean Baxter (percussion) James Rushford (violin/psaltery), Alexander Garsden (guitar), Judith Hamann (bass guitar), Lloyd Honeybrook (saxophone/flute), Trevelyan Clay (percussion/harmonica), Tarquin Manek (percussion/harmonica), Sam Karmel (percussion/harmonica), Joel Stern (percussion), Robbie Avenaim (xylophone).
Pedro Reyes also presents a free talk on Sunday 13 October at 2pm, delving into his artistic process and the philosophy behind his creations.
A selection of mainstream and independent critics will be joined by prominent writers to discuss Disarm in our Morning After Series. Come and debrief in a relaxed, informal atmosphere – the perfect way to share ideas and inspiration about art with people both inside and outside of the ‘established’ media.
“My work is not just a protest, but a proposal. It occurred to me to make musical instruments, because music is the opposite of weapons.” – Pedro Reyes
Curators Louise Neri, Max Delany, Emily Siddons
ALUMNOS47 FOUNDATION, MEXICO CITY
LISSON GALLERY, LONDON