Join artists Pio Abad and Minerva Cuevas as they discuss their artistic practices and Abad's murals commission for the Brent Biennial.
Remember this House, is the first permanent public artwork by leading British-Filipino artist Pio Abad. It takes the form of two murals on Kilburn High Road that are inspired by vanitas still life paintings. Emerging as an art form in the 16th century, vanitas paintings intended to symbolise the fragility of human life through the depiction of objects, which were mainly goods and artefacts brought into Europe for the first time from colonised countries. Abad shares this interest in the lives and meaning of objects which he looks at as carriers of narratives, each one able to contain an entire collection of histories, geographies and emotional journeys.
Remember this House is co-commissioned by Create London and Brent Borough of Culture 2020.
Minerva Cuevas, born in 1975 in Mexico City, is one of the Latin-American artists renowned for her work based on context research and interventions integrated with subversive visual and socio-political messages. Her works often include participatory elements of endeavors in cultural, urban civic and virtual space exploring the ways in which the mass media is implicated in these activities as a powerful mediating element in society. She founded Better Life Corporation in 1998, became a member of Irational.org, and recently founded the International Understanding Foundation in 2016. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: “No room to play” at the daadgalerie, Berlín and “Soft Power” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Upcoming projects will be shown as part of the Mediacity Biennial in Seul, Korea and Museo Jumex in Mexico City.
Image courtesy of Minerva Cuevas.