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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Freedom, baby, is never having to say you’re sorry (The Caravan)

On Protest and Capitalism

Video Installation - at Sullivan Galleries

On April 15th of 2019, Tax Day in the United States, I conducted an ambiguous protest with three white limousines in the city of Chicago. Through the choreographies of presidential motorcades, parades, and other performances of power, The Caravan calls into question currents methods of protest, public space occupation and its efficacy in a world where everything is fed and produced by capitalism. Its elements and sites visited (Grant Park, Haymarket Square, Ida B. Wells Blvd, Martin Luther King Drive, etc.) address both the history of protest, class, the problem of Whiteness and the natural phenomena of migration. The flags were flashing the following slogans: Automatic Protest Vehicle, Over Protest, Genuine Privileged Discomfort. The event was documented by a press car and a drone.

Video Installation: One curved 60” and two 48” monitors,  

This project was possible thanks to the support of: Andrea Hunt, Arnold Kemp, Dwayne Moser, Joshi Radin and Ilona Gaynor.