Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist whose work encompasses design, film, architecture, and pedagogy, aiming to create solutions to social problems by increasing the capacity for individual and collective action. His ongoing work Baby Marx (2008–present) is an inquiry into the assumption that capitalism is the final model for the way the world functions. In 2012, Reyes was asked by a government official to work with weapons that were collected by the army and police of Ciudad Juárez. He transformed 6,700 killing machines, destined to be buried or destroyed, into musical instruments. As Reyes puts it, “This exercise of transformation we see with guns is what we would like to see with society.”