ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO

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

His work uses architectural history, writing and video to address representations of indigeneity, the production of extreme environments and contemporary political struggles in the Americas. He has been a fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians and 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 the curator of The Last of Animal Builders, an exhibition at the Edith Farnsworth House, opening March 31, 2023. He manages the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at The University of Chicago.

Work by Alberto Ortega at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.


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manifesTEA
A platform for random encounters
An installation about other speeds and rythms for protest and dialogue

What kind of conversations are triggered around a warm and free cup of tea? A product troubling by its colonial traces. manifesTEA was a temporary installation at the Chicago Design Museum that questions interactions and typologies. (The Chicago Design Museum is located at Block37, a commercial space directly connected with the CTA trains in the lower level of the building) A free cup of tea is offered in this money-speed driven space. The visitors are asked nothing but its suggested that they leave a message along with their tea-bag as a memory of their presence and to share what kind of struggles concern them.


in collaboration with: Martha Poggioli, Sonia Cheng, Thomas Kong, Ellie Tse, Rachel Wang, Celine Setiadi and Sampson Wong.