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Abraham Cruzvillegas in "Legacy"Preview

In this preview from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Legacy, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas discusses the concept of “autoconstrucción” as an insight into his own artistic practice.

Shown at his parents’ home in Mexico City, the artist recounts how the home was constructed with found materials after his father acquired the empty land in the mid-1960s. “‘Autoconstrucción’ as a concept is related to people making their houses as they can,” explains Cruzvillegas. “It’s not a method or technique or style; it’s more about the social circumstances and the political circumstances.”

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Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas assembles sculptures and installations from found objects and disparate materials. Expanding on the intellectual investigation of his own paradoxical aesthetic concepts of autoconstrucción and autodestrucción, he likens his works to self-portraits of contradictory elements and explores the effects of improvisation, transformation, and decay on his materials and work. In his experiments with video, performance, personal and family archives, and academic research, he reveals the deep connection between his identity—born of the realities of his family’s life in Mexico—and his artistic practice.

Autoconstrucción as a concept is related to people making their houses as they can. It’s not a method or technique or style; it’s more about the social circumstances and the political circumstances.”

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