Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad) is an artist whose work involves concepts of power and its network of hierarchies, surveillance, control, prohibitions, and subjection. For twelve years he was a member of the art collective Los Carpinteros, until 2003. The collective consisted of three individuals who were ideologically opposed to elevating individual genius. They created humorous dysfunctional hybrids such as finely crafted wooden boxes in the shape of grenades. Arrechea’s more recent works deal with contemporary social and economic issues like the stock market and migrants in Latin America, and he creates large public sculptures, paintings, drawings, video, interactive installations, and arrangements of found objects.
Arrechea sends us for the project a photograph from his home studio in Miami, where he spent most of the day in lockdown along with his family. For us, he sends a straightforward message: „In these times of uncertainty in the lockdown of your house, please keep doing what you do best. This is the time to get reorganised to establish new strategies. All in order to impact the future society in a more effective way.“
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.