ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO

Mexican artist and architectural designer based in Chicago, USA and Pachuca, Mexico.

His work uses architectural design, writing and video to address representations of power and marginality in the Mexican State and in the Americas. He has been a grantee of the New Artists Society of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art and the John W. Kurtich Foundation. For his work on the history of Mexico City’s Modern Sewage System and its relationship with indigenous representation he was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant by the Anti-Racism and Global Architecture History program, an initiative of the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative of the Department of Architecture at MIT. His work has been shown in venues as Fundación Andreani for BienalSur, Ca’ Foscari Zattere for the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Harun Farocki Institut, Chicago Design Museum, Extase, SITE Galleries, SpaceP11 and the Centro de Arte y Filosofia. He is currently a Creative in Residence at the Farnsworth House and manages the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at The University of Chicago.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:
Las Aguas Bajan Turbias with Andrea Hunt, curated by Benedetta Casini and Leandro Martinez Depietri for BienalSur
Fundación Andreani, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Open Sept to Dec, 2021


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El Mundo Debajo

Chapter 2: El Espejo Otomí en Las Aguas Bajan Turbias 

A Fragment of a building that does not exist.




El Espejo Otomí is a sculpture consisting of eight concrete casts of a maguey leaf acting as a cladding system for a metal structure. This fragment takes a traditional building method of the Otomi region in Hidalgo to the material language of modernity. The Otomí region has been historically exploited for minerals for the production of cement, a key element for the infrastructural transformations of Mexico City. This work is currently on display at Fundacion Andreani for BienalSur, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.