Pedro Pires has been exploring dislocated national identity, migration, and human rights for over 10 years. He is concerned with the issues of identity and stereotypes in direct relation to education, history, and institutions — a particular interest that comes from his African and European background. Pires’ sculptures incorporate a wide range of media. He deliberately utilises objects belonging to everyday life to create a contrast with the place of exhibition, and to bring out new figurative and conceptual meanings of identity in different societies. His sculptures represent this duality, creating new armour — even a new identity — for the bodies. By ‘humanising’ these objects, Pires confronts the viewer with his double, his doppelganger.
Pires also creates ‘faces’ from metallic elements representing leaves, petals, or flowers used to decorate gates, fences, and other barriers. Pires redefines these metallic elements, using them in relation to the human body.