Andrés Pereira Paz’s work focuses on how the circulation of people and information affects national, regional and global imaginaries, revealing the construction of identity to be an ongoing and often contradictory process.
During his residency at Gasworks Andrés will work collaboratively with representatives from London’s main ethnic groups to develop the project B.E.M. (THE BOX ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM). He will invite each group to contribute an object that will be preserved by a museum conservator. The gathered objects will then be buried in a box near Gasworks, acting as a sort of time capsule of co-habitation in London, providing a snapshot of the capital’s population at present.
Andrés Pereira Paz lives and works between Lima and La Paz. He studied at the Hernando Siles Arts Academy in La Paz and at the Tres de Febrero University in Buenos Aires. His most recent exhibitions include: Roomate, Kiosko Galería, Santa Cruz de la Sierra; Pachapapi, La Estación Espacial, San Juan (both 2016); Reina Sofía, UV Studios, Buenos Aires (all 2016); Contextos Biennale, Simón I. Patiño Foundation in Cochabamba, Bolivia (2015). He is part of the Bisagra project in Lima along with Christian Luza, Eliana Otta, Florencia Portocarrero, Iosu Aramburu and Miguel Lopez.
Shelagh Wakely (1932 – 2011), was a British artist whose experimental practice combined visual art, sculpture and design with architecture. Wakely travelled widely in South-America, with special interest in Brazil, and her residence in London became a meeting point for Brazilian and Latin American artists.
The Elephant Trust administers the Shelagh Wakely Bequest, and the Shelagh Wakely Residency has been created in partnership with Gasworks to provide an emerging artist from Latin-America with a three-month residency opportunity in London.