ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO


Mexican artist and architectural designer based in Chicago, US and Pachuca, Mex. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow (Anti Racism and Global Architecture History).

His work uses architectural drawings, writing, video and performance to address histories of social struggles, racialization and class dynamics 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, the John W. Kurtich Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is a member of the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative of the Department of Architecture at MIT. His work has been shown in venues as the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, the Chicago Design Museum, Extase, SITE Galleries, SpaceP11 and the Centro de Arte y Filosofia.






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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