We were fortunate enough to be invited down to Somerset House for a behind the scenes look at Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes ahead of the exhibition's launch this week. Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru is the first in a series of of multisensory, all-encompassing experiences planned at Somerset House by the recently launched ApprovedByPablo. We met up with one of the Creative Directors of ApprovedbyPablo, Rafael Schacter and spoke to him about the newly launched project and the upcoming Sixe Paredes event.
Alongside his new role at ApprovedbyPablo Rafael Schacter is an anthropologist, writer and and was co-curator of the Street Art exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2008. We first met Schacter in September of last year at the launch party for the release of his 'World Atlas of Street Art & Graffiti' a reference book, documenting the worldwide geography of the Street Art genre.
Following a chat with Schacter at this years Pick Me Up festival, we jumped at the chance of an offer to pop down to see the work, as we've been fans of the Barcelona-born Sixe Paredes' (formerly known as Sixeart) vibrant work for many years now. Some of our regular readers may recall Sixe Paredes was one of six international artists invited by Tate Modern to paint its huge river façade in 2008 and more recently we got to see some of the artists large mural work at the Avant-Garde Urbano Street Art Festival at Tudela, Spain.
It was the bright, bold bursts of colour and geometric patterns that first drew us to Sixes' work and his new collection of 25 large-scale works from tapestries, totem sculptures, ceramics and quipus will blow your mind! Not wanting to give too much away we have included some teaser images of some of the work which will be housed in the lower levels of Somerset House with colour one again continuing to be an important part of the artists work.
Having spent periods of time in Peru collaborating with the creative community in the region (see the Futurismo Ancestral exhibition trailer below), the London show will be Sixe Parades’ ode to Peruvian and Andean aesthetics, showcasing works he has produced inspired by the local art traditions and techniques he has learnt from celebrated ceramicists, chichi artists and weavers during his visits. The exhibition will be accompanied by a week long series of daily, interactive events incorporating all aspects of Peruvian and Andean culture from food, film and music. A full program of the planned events can be found on the Somerset House website here.
Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru opens to the public on the 21st May and will run until the 26th May 2014. Not to be missed if you live in London.
Somerset House — Great Arch Hall — Lightwells & Deadhouse — South Wing — London WC2R 1LA