Lisson Gallery

Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández receive Design Miami Visionary Award

22 November 2018

Pedro Reyes, artist, activist, architect and designer, has won international attention for large-scale projects that address and challenge current social and political issues. Carla Fernández is a fashion designer committed to preserving the rich, cultural heritage of Mexico's indigenous communities, creating striking, avant-garde and forward-looking items through ethical, handcrafted methods.

The artists' practices have synthesised a spectrum of influences – from Brutalism to Mexican indigenous culture to social progressive values – into remarkable bodies of work. Their individual bodies of work address some of the fundamental concerns of our time and facilitates intimate human exchanges.

For Design Miami 2018, Reyes and Fernández present a collaborative space, designed by Reyes to exhibit new sculpture and furniture by the artist, alongside Fernández's latest fashion collection. As the 'Design Visionaries', Reyes and Fernández are also responsible for the overall graphic identity and structure of the fair this year. The inspiration for this graphic identity comes from the bold graphics of the handmade protest signs, posters, and ephemera from the 1968 uprisings in Mexico, Paris, Prague, and Berkeley, a revolution that signalled a social and cultural turning point worldwide and inspired an art movement.

Additionally for Design Miami 2018, Reyes will unveil a new site-specific, large-scale sculptural work for the plaza in front of the fair, greeting visitors to the fair.
Reyes and Fernández will be In Conversation as part of Design Miami's Talks Programme, on Wednesday 5 December, from 3 - 4pm.

Design Miami is adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, a short walk from Art Basel in Miami Beach. Wednesday 5 December - Sunday 9 December, 2018. For further information on the Design Miami Visionary Award and Design Miami visit Design Miami's website.

Lisson Gallery will also exhibit a selection of works by Pedro Reyes at Art Basel Miami Beach, at Booth G23.

Image: Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández, Mexico City. Photo by Ana Hop.
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