Pedro Wirz studied with Rainer Ganahl in Stuttgart and obtained his bachelor degree in Basel, among others with Jürg Stäuble. He developed a sculptural practice where language and figures come together. The objects, made of natural and synthetic materials, inhabit the space and catch the viewer into an imaginary conversation. While they look deeply rooted, it seems impossible to assign them a fixed origin.
Curator Paulo Miyada observes: “The most recent work of Pedro Wirz marks a significant point of reflection on his artistic research, since he rebuilt contact with the legends and myths of the region of the Paraíba Valley, where he spent his childhood. It is more than just the curiosity about the peculiarities of the São Paulo folklore, Wirz‘s interest in such legends arise from the understanding that they combine fear, awe and mystery in a manner of explaining aspects of the relationship between man and science. Questions that technical and scientific knowledge can not answer are deeply rooted in his practice.“
SAA: Would you tell us something about the artwork you will present at the Swiss Art Awards 2018?
PW: It is a work I have produced during the three months residency at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. If architecture is the key to thrive, the work I will present at the exhibition wants to speak a language of fair interaction, a language of respect, wants to talk about a wished symbiosis between intuition and rationality. It is a very small work, with a huge soul.
SAA: Which worlds does your work involve, address, and how?
PW: At the moment I am very much interested to research and explore the connection between culture and nature, rationality and intuition, between human and nonhuman interactions.
SAA: If you could work with a specialist, from which field would that be and on what kind of project?
PW: Actually I do work with specialists since the very beginning of my practice as an artist: A biologist and agronomist engineer, both mother and father of mine. They taught me and my two brothers a lot about how to interact and respect the full range of nature, be it human or not human.
SAA: Is there a place that inspires your work?
PW: As a source of inspiration for my metaphorical language, I have often used stories and legends that originated in the Paraíba Valley in Brazil. To be even more specific and picky, the “Ribeiro Grande” neighbourhood in the city of Pindamonhanaga, where I grew up – google it, it is beautiful!