ART21 Exclusive

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

Abraham Cruzvillegas with his daughter installing The Autoconstrucción Suites at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Mark Falstad.

Abraham Cruzvillegas with his daughter installing The Autoconstrucción Suites at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Mark Falstad.

“I don’t want to illustrate autoconstrucción but to activate the dynamics of autoconstrucción in my work – like improvising and doing things with whatever you have at hand.”

— Abraham Cruzvillegas

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Abraham Cruzvillegas at his childhood home in Mexico City, discussing his personal and artistic relationship to the concept of autoconstrucción. “Autoconstucción is about self-constructing or constructing your own house,” the artist explains, adding, “I like the term because it leads me to think about the construction of identity.” Cruzvillegas, who is shown assembling his large-scale installation The Autoconstrucción Suites at the Walker Art Center, is not illustrating autoconstrucción houses through his work, but instead is activating the method’s dynamic improvisation through the use of found materials.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Interview: Susan Sollins. Editor: Morgan Riles. Camera: Mark Falstad, Kevin Galligan, David Howe & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Heidi Hesse & Mauricio Rodríguez. Artwork Courtesy: Abraham Cruzvillegas. Special Thanks: Walker Art Center.

ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

 

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