Pedro Reyes

Sanatorium Operations Manual

New 2nd edition (2015)

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes examines and resolves the complexities and contradictions of modern life in his work, which ranges from sculpture to TV and short film productions to public projects and calls for political, economical and audience participation.

Continuing Reyes’ interest in ‘re-imagining’ institutions, this publication accompanies the artist’s ongoing Sanatorium project (2011–present). Viewers are invited to become a participant in this ‘temporary clinic’ which offers therapies and short treatments developed by the artist and intended as a delivery system of placebos.

Previously exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel and now on view at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, the project aims to recover and modernise the idea of ‘Sociatry’ – a 1930s term for the art of healing society – for twenty-first-century urban illnesses such as stress, loneliness and hyper-stimulation.

This new 2015 edition of Reyes’ publication acts as a manual and document of this ongoing project, including over 50 images and an interview with the artist and Professor Laurent Schmid.

First published on the occasion of the exhibition, 2013: The Spirit of Utopia at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 4 July – 5 September 2013.

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