Abraham Cruzvillegas

Autoconstrucción (Extraits)

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  • Exhibition from june 24th to september 18th 2011

Abraham Cruzvillegas works in a state of permanent equilibrium between immersion in the local and connection to the global. Singular contexts and chance meetings feed into his abundant practice in which assembled and revitalised found objects unfold into infinity.  Paradoxically, out of this disparity comes a peculiar harmony, a cohesive energy that partly finds its source in the artist's childhood.

Born in 1968, he grew up in Ajusco, to the south of Mexico City, where his parents, like other migrants, took up reputedly uninhabitable sites, chaotic landscapes that they colonised with precarious and pragmatic, autoconstructed' housing that is functionally and aesthetically extremely singular, and which by chance and by necessity they never stopped transforming.

Inspired by the continual construction site of his family home, Abraham Cruzvillegas's installations relay this experimental vitality wherein ingenuity and improvisation equate to activism: "A lot of my work demonstrates my urge to confront two or more different economic systems at the same time, through DIY, construction, provoking hybrid marriages and odd mixtures of materials and techniques. A reproduction of the diverse dynamics involved, using the economic and social environment as a kind of scaffolding that I can move around on."

At Le Grand Café contemporary art centre in Saint-Nazaire, Abraham Cruzvillegas is presenting for the first time in a French institution a part of a project that he has been pursuing for several years : a group of installations, books and songs, and also a theatre piece and films, a number of works that the artist has brought together under the generic title Autoconstrucción. The exhibition shows some of the facets, enriched by a new commission, of this rich and tentacular body of work that replays in multiple forms the same desire - to apprehend identity as an indefinite construction, as metamorphosis and instability.

Eva Prouteau


Texts, 2008 - 2011
Series of eighteen drawings
Production Le Grand Café, courtesy of the artist

Detumescent post-keynesian self portrait nostalgic of morning sex having a coffee with sugar (and a small chocolate), 2011
Wood, steel, iron, clothing, bottle caps, coins, rope, coffee, sugar, chocolate and elastic hair
Production Le Grand Café, courtesy of the artist

Autoconstrucción : A dialogue among Angeles Fuentes and Rogelio Cruzvillegas, 2009 
Two channel HDV video, color, 33min, with sound (spanish), subtitled in French produced by the Grand Café
Courtesy Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico


AC Mobile, 2008
Customized bike, steel pipes, wood, cardboard, cables, car battery, speakers, mirrors, car stereo, video projection, DVD player, tea flask, bell, horn. Courtesy Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico

Resource Room, 2010
Installation, tables, wheelbarrows, plans, series of posters, books, stones, boxes of wine, plants
Courtesy Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico


For the exhibition, the book "Autoconstrucción" written by Abraham Cruzvillegas, in Mexico City and in Paris, between 2005 and 2008, has been translated in French. For this occasion, it has been reshaped as well. This new version is available online on http://www.bookrix.com


  • Born in Mexico (1968)
  • Lives and works in Mexico.

Artist and writer Abraham Cruzvillegas studied art and philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he went on to teach. While studying under Gabriel Orozco, he participated in the new wave of conceptual practices that emerged in Mexico City in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

 He has since become a presence on the international scene, at the Havana Biennial in 1994, the 25th São Paulo Biennial in 2002, the Venice Biennale 2003, with the exhibition "Unmonumental" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, 2007), at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow in 2008, and at REDCAT in Los Angeles in 2010 . He is represented in France by the Galérie Chantal Crousel.

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More informations about the artist :
Chantal Crousel gallery

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