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 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 Department of Architecture at MIT (GAHTC). 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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The World Below

In collaboration with Andrea Hunt

Chapter 1: The World Below

A Political History of Mexico City’s Modern Sewage System.

Work funded by the American Institute of Architects and MIT’s Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative.

A version of this work will be shown at Las Aguas Bajan Turbias at BienalSur exhibition curated by Benedetta Casini at Fundación Andreani, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The World Below is an experimental documentary that
revises the contingent political history of Mexico City’s
sewage system to further conversations on racism, modernity
and land sovereignity in the Mezquital Valley.


Videoinstallation, 30 mins.