ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO

Mexican artist and architectural designer based in Chicago, USA and Pachuca, Mexico.

His work uses architectural design, writing, video, public programs 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 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 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. He acts as a creative advisor for the Farnsworth House (Historic Site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) and coordinates the public programs of the Katz Center for Mexican Studies of the University of Chicago.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:
Itinerarios Líquidos with Andrea Hunt, curated by Benedetta Casini for BienalSur
Fundación Andreani, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sep 25, 2021

UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS:
The Tactical Gardens: On People for Community Recovery and Bottom Up Subjective Transformation.
For New City’s Chicago Architecture Biennial edition. Chicago, USA. October, 2021.



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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.