Pedro Pires, Bidon #1, 2016, Plastic and metal, 50 x 23 x 17 cm. Courtesy of Gallery MOMO
Pedro Pires, Bidon #1, 2016, Plastic and metal, 50 x 23 x 17 cm. Courtesy of Gallery MOMO  

Pedro Pires’ practice addresses issues of identity and stereotyping in relation to education and institutions. This interest comes from his own heritage, having lived in both Angola and Portugal. Pires weaves together a range of media and everyday objects to mine the gap between literal and symbolic questionings of identity within societies. With an interest in the banality of these objects, Pires re-organises them in a ridiculous and absurd manner to bring about new connections, which at times, produce conflict.

Pires studied sculpture at the Fine Art Faculty of the University of Lisbon and fine arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, graduating in 2010. Exhibitions include Doppelgänger, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2017–16); Lisboa–Lesbos, Window Gallery, Viseu (2016); Medindo as Horas da Escuridão, Projecto 0,0º, Camões Library, Lisbon (2016) and Destruição | Construção, Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda (2015). Pires was recently a resident artist at Delfina Foundation, London (2017).