Pedro G. Romero
Spain, 1964
Pedro G. Romero (Aracena, 1964) began his career as an artist during the mid-eighties, initially calling himself a ‘sculptor’ even though his work explored conceptual and symbolic aspects far removed from simple formalism. He had his first solo exhibition outside of Andalusia in 1988 at the Sala Montcada of the Fundación ”la Caixa”. The show was entitled Magatzem d’idees. In the late nineties, he created Archivo F.X. - F.X. Archive, a platform for collective work that reflects on the aim and purpose of art via an immense collection of photographs, texts and audio-visual documentation about anti-sacramental iconoclasm in Spain during the Civil War. Although the project has been framed within the context of contemporary archival practice, its activities go way beyond this designation to include the production of books, exhibitions, conferences, curatorial projects and other formats. Pedro G. Romero’s projects are characterised by abundantly quoting and appropriating material from philosophers and literati as well as investigating the distortion of history and its most representative images. Expressions of popular culture, particularly flamenco, play an important role in the work of F.X. Archive. Furthermore, the Andalusian artist has written a vast number of essays that expand on and reformulate some of his favourite topics, including the city as vanitas, the economy of art or historical violence.
Valentín Roma