Abraham Cruzvillegas | Autoconstrucción: Low Budget Rider, 2009 | Found wood (pine), bicycle frames and parts, mirrors, rubber wheels, stainless steel, copper, towel, tin, solder
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Photo: Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, 1968;

lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

I often combine diverse objects—leftovers from contradictory contexts—together in one work. This represents an economic clash of things on top of each other: organic matter, industrially made or handmade. These elements might be made in Taiwan, Marrakesh, New York, Paris, or Mexico City. They possess an internal system, and I preside over them coming together, as a voyeur of their relationships. There might be conflict or physical or conceptual instability to coexist, but there is also love, hate, power, and sometimes friendship. In effect, it is the same for all of us: at times we must accept our own contradictions in order to develop and maintain alliances—or not.

In my long-standing project, Autoconstrucción, I drew inspiration from the eclectic and improvisatory environment of my childhood home in Pedregales de Coyoacán, an area of Mexico City that was initially inhabited by migrants who moved in and set up squatter settlements in the 1960s. Like many of their neighbors, my parents built their house themselves, modifying it over many decades—a process I refer to as autoconstrucción, or self-constructing.

Autoconstrucción operates as a metaphor for individual identity and the identity of a place existing in a state of flux, unfinished. It relates to ideas of “survival economics”—how scarcity can lead to recycling and solidarity as opposed to consumption and individualism.

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