Mexican artist, curator, and architectural researcher.
His work uses architectural history, drawing, sculpture, writing and video to address representations of indigeneity in architectural modernity and contemporary politics, the production of extreme environments, and social transformation in the Americas. He has been a fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians and a grantee of the New Artists Society at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and DCASE. His work has been shown in venues as DePaul Art Museum, Fundación Andreani for BienalSur, Ca’ Foscari Zattere for the 16th Venice Architecture Biennial, Harun Farocki Institut, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago Design Museum, Extase, SITE Galleries, SpaceP11 and Centro de Arte y Filosofia. His work is part of private and institutional collections in Mexico and Latinamerica. He has been a guest speaker for institutions like MoMA’s Emilio Ambasz Institute x DocTalks, the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, Smart Museum of Art, Materia Abierta, UPenn, and CENTRO.
He is currently the curator of The Last of Animal Builders, an exhibition at Mies van der Rohe’s Edith Farnsworth House.
He manages the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at The University of Chicago.
Agosto 18, 2023 at Materia Abierta, CDMX
Sep 7, 2023 - DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
Sep 8, 2023 - URI-Eichen Gallery, Chicago
Research and Publication
Previous clients and collaborators include, Art Institute of Chicago, Singapore Art Museum, Edith Farnsworth House, Goethe-Institut Chicago, Michael Rakowitz Studio, Black Athena Collective, Dawit L. Petros, The University of Chicago, among others.
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Mechanics of Labor Control
On law and religious language
Texts and diagram
This project explores religious and legal language to question and blur the notion of truth, testimony and history. A diagram traces back in time the agents and events that lead to the accidental death of an indigenous worker in a construction site in the 1970’s at the Mezquital Valley, in Mexico. A looping video of repurposed footage shows images of workers of the Valley precariously balancing and sliding down a steel column.
Based on the testimonials collected by Paul Leduc in his documentary Ethnocide: Notes on the Mezquital.
This piece was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in Ca’ Foscari Zattere. “Exploring Belonging”, a collective exhibition by SAIC in response to the US Pavilion theme: Dimensions of Citizenship.