Guerra de la Paz isn’t a single person. Rather, it’s nom de guerre of two Cuban-born, Miami-based artists—Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz—who recover landfill-bound clothing and render them into subversive art installations. For Guerra and de la Paz, the reclaimed garments are akin to relics that once defined an individual’s personality. Arranged together en masse, however, they become part of a larger message, raising their voices in unison regarding issues of mass consumption, international conflict, and environmental degradation.
IN LIVING COLOR
Guerra de la Paz’s experiments with what it dubs “mass-produced refuse” are often unsettling, if not outright disturbing—and deliberately so. Whether fashioned into a sinister familial tableau, rainbows weeping swathes of color, or a pair of necktie vipers poised for attack, Guerra and de la Paz’s three-dimensional textile collages are as thought-provoking as they are visually arresting.
Guerra de la Paz’s three-dimensional textile collages are as thought-provoking as they are visually arresting.
“Through a common aesthetic, we create work with a universal message,” note the duo. “It is inspired by an essential familiarity with the readymade and the archeological qualities that found objects possess.”
[Via Atelier 29]