Andres Bedoya was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He lives and works between La Paz and New York City.

My work investigates the manner in which collective experience, social context and the production of meaning in quotidian existence inform the construction of personal identity over time. Through the reinterpretation of personal and social frameworks, I attempt to create parallel systems that offer new vantage points for reflection about our conditions and how we perceive them and react to them.

The plasticity of memory, the inconsistency of self-perception and the body’s engagement with time are also concerns found in my work. I reflect on the strategies we employ to engage, counter or control these phenomena. Be it behavioral, social, or institutional, I am interested in observing and recreating the failure of actions, exercises and structures devised to create order, balance and permanence.

As a result of these interests I am drawn to the materiality of daily life and what it reveals about the people’s experience. Even the most visual aspects of my work express a tactile and sensorial curiosity.

A significant amount of the exploration and experimentation in my work is done through the use of materials as conceptual tools. These items are often byproducts of daily activities in Bolivian urban centers. Materials such as fruit peels, textiles, and discarded goods result from particular types of consumption, trade and behavior. These material expressions of exchange yield an accidental visual culture which informs social experience and memory.  In employing these materials, I play not only with their formal qualities but with the significance imbued in them. I attempt to decode these signifiers through art making in order to understand processes, attitudes and actions in local culture and what these reveal about human experience at large.