Pedro Lasch

Pedro Lasch

Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

External Address: 
Smith Arts Warehouse, Room 220, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Smith Arts Warehouse, Durham, NC 27708-0766
(919) 684-3308


I see my work as a consecutive set of acts and ideas that complement and interrupt the flow of the everyday. It’s a chain of routine-breaking routines. My role as an artist, researcher, educator, activist, cultural organizer, and producer can be understood as a cohesive whole, which develops within specific social situations and exists within and outside of conventional art settings. Presentations in museums, galleries, and academic contexts represent only a part of my overall production. A preoccupation with the theory and practice of a socially engaged art, which is rooted in daily exchanges, has led me to the formulation of an aesthetics based on public interventions, social interactions, games, and temporal rearrangements.
The range of my projects encompasses anti-monuments, language games, artist's books, radio works, lunch events, experimental workshops, events, and activities, as well as more conventional work in the form of installations, video, photography, painting, printmaking, and drawing. Regular participation in the organization and production of cultural and social networks, such as art collectives like 16Beaver Group (NY) and various immigrant grassroots organizations is also a very significant part of my work.
The circulation of my work in international circuits is a direct result of an ongoing engagement with the culture of cross-class cosmpolitanism.

Education & Training

  • B.F.A., Cooper Union 1999

Lasch, P. "University, Narcochingadazo, and Hemispheric Non-Cooperation." Ed. J Lane and M Godoy-Anativia. e-misférica 6 (2010). (Academic Article)

Lasch, P, and 16Beaver, . "C.A.R.T.E.L." Ed. T Services. Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics (2009). (Essay)

Lasch, P. "What Are We Before We Are Naturalized? A Journal of Non-Linear Activity." IDEA: Arts & Society 33-34 (2009): 7-27. (Academic Article)

Lasch, P. "A Proposal for the 11th Istanbul Biennial, 2009." IDEA: Arts & Society (2009): 146-148. (Academic Article)

Lasch, P. "Tianguis Transnacional: Drifting and Indigenous Migrancy." Ed. B Holmes, B Group, H What, FWWHWI Curlin, A Devic, N Ilic, and S Sabolovic. What Keeps Mankind Alive? and Continental Drift (2008): 20-21.

Lasch, P. "El color de la razón: racismo epistemológico y razón imperial." Ed. W Mignolo, EC Eze, P Henry, and S Castro-Gómez. El desprendimiento: pensamiento crítico y opción descolonial (2008): cover & p2-cover & p2.

Lasch, P, and others, . "Genero y Descolonialidad." Ed. W Mignolo, M Lugones, I jiménez-Lucena, and M Tlostanova. El desprendimiento: pensamiento crítico y opción descolonial (2008): cover & p2-cover & p2. (Academic Article)

Lasch, P, and 16Beaver Group, . "Iraq Questionnaire Answers." October Magazine (2008): 149-160.

Ramírez, M, Tania, , and Lasch P, . "Ser mixteco o purépecha ya no puede entenderse con una lógica territorial." La Jornada (México) (October 2007).

Lasch P, . "Abren muestra fotográfica sobre vida de mexicanos en Nueva York." Milenio (Guadalajara) (April 2006).