Graduate Fine Arts

Ernesto Pujol: Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor of Fine Arts

Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00pm
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Virtual Event; Please email mfa@design.upenn.edu to register.

The Department of Fine Arts presents a talk by internationally renowned artist Ernesto Pujol, the 2020-2021 Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor of Fine Arts.

Ernesto Pujol works as social choreographer. His interdisciplinary public projects are the result of entrusted, ethical collaborations with gatekeepers and stakeholders in communities across the globe. Through a grounded psychic acuity, Pujol seeks the rich performativity of the human condition's ongoing desire for transcendence, in the face of human rights violations and climate crisis.

Pujol believes that the creative tools of socially engaged cultural producers are more relevant than ever to the sustainability of democracy; within increasingly diverse yet impoverished societies seeking human and environmental justice. A portraitist of place, he strives to reclaim public space from the culture of speed and distractions, revisiting emblematic architecture and mythical landscapes through performative, meditative presence.

Pujol’s durational group performances often consist of repetitive walks and minimal gestures, from slowness to stillness, seeking silence for deep listening, manifesting the psychic architecture of human interiority, encouraging the healing awakening of consciousness.

Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions (2012) and Walking Art Practice (2018). Artist interviews and essays are found in publications such as Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (2004), Fernweh: A Travelling Curators’ Project (An Atlas of Small Places, 2015), and The Brooklyn Rail (Vulnerability as Critical Self-Knowledge, 2013; The Cult of Creative Failure, 2017).

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email news@design.upenn.edu to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.