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.

Now on view, work by Alberto Ortega at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.


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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.

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. The video is projected over four prefabricated concrete panels.


Videoinstallation, 20 mins.
Full video available upon request*