Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) is a Mexico City-based artist best known for creating large-scale works that actively reimagine contemporary social ills. Combining his training as an architect with performance and installation in his multi-disciplinary social practice, Reyes often acts as a facilitator and opens up his dynamic and participatory works to the public. Reyes has received international acclaim for his critical social commentary in projects such as Palas por Pistolas (2008), Baby Marx (2008–present), and The People’s United Nations (2013). He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami (2014); the Queens Museum, New York (2013); and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; the Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); and the fiftieth Venice Biennale (2003); among many others.
In Sanatorium, Pedro Reyes reimagines the psychiatric clinic as a roving, transparent, and joyful space that erases the hierarchy between therapist and patient. The artwork subverts traditional notions of therapy and psychoanalysis, instead offering the viewer a new form of healing. Employing both the language and aesthetics of modern medicine through a system of ritual and play, volunteer therapists offer treatments that parody its often bewildering nature. As a white lab coat transforms a layperson into a professional, the transient clinic creates a site for radical social encounters. Reyes’s Sanatorium celebrates the profound relationships, connections, and change that strangers can realize together. CAM’s presentation of Sanatorium in summer 2015 marks its premiere in the American Midwest.