Abraham Cruzvillegas’s approach calls up history and self-construction within the economic, social and political contexts. He uses various production and reception strategies to create meaning. He breathes fresh life into objects in new contexts so as to alter the way we interpret them.
Central to his work is his reflection on interrelations and interconnections. He is interested in things that are discarded or recycled often in the context of Mexico City or recently in Paris for a project he conducted on the outskirts of Paris.
He examines how stories are constructed or reconstructed on the basis of information, documents and eye-witness accounts. Improvisation and assemblage are core practices in connection with the idea of economic survival, work and the ready-made.
He devised the Autoconstruction project based on the experience of his parents who built their home with found materials. The idea is the development of an architecture that makes reference to the natural process of necessity and opportunity.
The Carré d’Art show features new works produced in connection with the context, based on collecting materials in the city of Nîmes, and includes the participation of a pair of traditional dancers, who interact with the sculptures so as to produce various sounds.
Born in 1968 and living in Mexico City, he has featured in numerous international biennales and was the guest artist invited to produce a work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2015. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Haus der Kunst Munich, and the Jumex Museum in Mexico City.