Miguel Andrade Valdez
3 July – 30 August 2017
Miguel Andrade Valdez (b. 1979) lives and works in Peru, Lima. His practice blends building methodologies and the language of sculpture in order to shape a different understanding of architectural construction and urban development. Through his large scale sculptures and installations which take the human body as a standard unit of measurement, he casts built objects as representations of shared social spaces. His works have been included in numerous group shows including Mana Contemporary, Jersey City United States (2015); Museo Mario Testino, Lima, Peru (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru (2013), Art Basel Miami Beach, United States (2012).
Valdez situates his work at the intersection of architecture and sculpture, in a liminal space where the limits of public and private, social and individual, containers and contents are constantly challenged. In line with a series of works developed over the last few years that engage different building methods, the artist will research the technique of concrete sheltering. Looking at monumental sculpture and working with local masons who specialise in concrete sheltering and other construction techniques specific to Singapore, he will experiment new possibile developments for his work.
Transforming the studio into a time capsule of his own artistic practice, Miguel Andrade Valdez will present a selection of documentation materials related to his past and ongoing projects. Retracing the development of his practice and working methodologies within the socio-political contexts of Peru and Mexico, the artist will discuss his deep-seated interest in materiality, sculpture, space, and vernacular construction techniques as well as the role of monuments in our understanding of the public space. For this session, he will also present the documentation and leftover materials of an early performance he reenacted in the studio during the residency.
The event will take place in the artist’s studio.