About the Artist: Pedro Barrail

Paraguayan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 25, 2013 2:40PM

Pedro Barrail works as an artist, designer, and architect. He was born in Paraguay and studied in Miami, and his work combines the traditional indigenous crafts of South America with modern ideas and technologies. Barrail’s most notable work is a series of wooden furniture covered with tattoo designs burned into the surface by members of the Pai Tavytera tribe. Read more.

In Venice, Barrail will set up a photographic installation View of Point, comprised of an image on a canvas covering the entire wall and depicting the room itself. Barrail explains ‘In the center of the photo there is a red dot; "You are not here" it tells us. The red dot is [the] "view of point" that will guide [the viewers]… to nothingness'. This image is thus a metaphor of Paraguayan cultural isolation and of its restless wandering in the surrounding world.

Images: Pedro Barrail, View of Point ©Pedro Barrail.

Paraguayan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale