Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Guerra de la Paz

Collaborative duo Guerra de la Paz, composed of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, experiment with unconventional materials and found objects to produce works that engage history, community, and politics. In the sculptural series Power Ties, the pair examines the capitalist business model. Inspired by the events of the 2008 financial crisis, Sealing the Deal (2009), which depicts two snake-headed mannequins dressed as businessmen shaking hands, addresses the corruption and shady deals that led to global economic collapse. Monday through Friday (2005) conflates business with bondage. Five nooses made of ties correspond to each day of the week, referencing the politics of modern labor conflict: the tension between financial “success,” and the oppressive conditions of wage labor.

Sealing the Deal, 2009
Mannequin on stand, found garments and shoes, men’s ties, wire
82 x 48 x 36 in.
Courtesy of Guerra de la Paz
Photo: Whitney Browne 

Monday through Friday, 2005
Men’s ties, wire, aluminum, wall brackets
55 x 160 x 20 in.
Photo Courtesy of Guerra de la Paz