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 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 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 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 Centro de Arte y Filosofia.

He is currently an IDEAS Fellow at the Society of Architectural Historians under the mentorship of Spyros Papapetros (Associate Professor of Theory and History of Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture), a Creative in Residence at the Edith Farnsworth House and manages the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at The University of Chicago.


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Gala for a Lost Future
On Architecture and Democracy
Performance and Videoinstallation

The Thomspon Center in Chicago is a building that faces an uncertain future and the possibility of demolition. Inagurated in 1985, it is one of the first buildings in Chicago designed with the 24/7 mentality that would shape our contemporary urban madness. Described by  critics of the time as “architecture on amphetamines”, a building that mixes government and retail under the same roof, was the place for organising a Gala for a Lost Future at Panda Express, where pieces of the building where sold in a silent auction to the public.

Thanks to Ann Lui and Shiben Banerji


Collaborator: Rula Zuhour