Autoconstrucción (2009) is a film by Abraham Cruzvillegas, commissioned by REDCAT in Los Angeles. In this work Cruzvillegas presents an abstract portrait of Ajusco, the neighborhood in Mexico City where he was born and grew up. The film describes in detail the materials and dynamics of self-building by people improvising with found materials, dealing with scarcity and specific needs. The houses, built slowly in time, and maybe definitely unfinished, are made of contradictory and unstable fragments and customized strategies, far from traditional architecture’s budget or plans. The film shows the streets, the houses, its façades, and what could be happening inside: couples sharing the joy and the energy of sex.

Abraham Cruzvillegas is a member of The International Taoist Tai Chi Society. He studied pedagogy in the National University of Mexico, and was a member of Gabriel Orozco’s workshop during the early 1980s. His work has been exhibited in group and individual shows since 1987, including the Havana Biennial (1984); the São Paulo Biennial (2002); the Venice Biennale (2003); the Torino Triennale (2005); the Bienal de Cali, Colombia (2005); the Havana Biennial (2009); and the VII Bienal do Mercosul in Portoalegre.

Cruzvillegas has been awarded with the following residencies and acknowledgements: 2005 Residency at Atelier Calder, Saché, France; 2006 Altadis Contemporary Art Prize, France-Spain; 2007 Residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy; 2008 Artist Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; 2008 Residency at Cove Park/CCA, Glasgow, Scotland; 2009 Residency at the Wattis Institute/CCA, San Francisco; 2010-2011 DAAD Artists in Berlin Residency Program.

Co-presented by Dia Art Foundation.

Please note: This program contains explicit content.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM

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