Pedro Lasch’s Who are the Secret Nine? is a simple text mural that speaks to the abstraction associated with numbers, as well as their connection to mysteries and conspiracies, both real and imaginary. In the local context, the mention of the secret nine may conjure the memory of the only armed coup to ever demote an elected government in U.S. history, but the associations made by viewers and passersby will extend to many other possible readings and contexts.
Pedro Lasch teaches at Duke University and also leads on-going projects with 16 Beaver Group in New York. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Walker Art Center, Queens Museum of Art, Nasher Museum, Hayward Gallery, AND AND AND at Documenta 13, and the Gwangju Biennial.pedrolasch.com