A photographic documentation of an installation work by Abraham Cruzvillegas as part of his “autoconstrucción” project referring to the concepts of incommunicability and intelligibility through the figures of Mexican composer Julián Carrillo and Günter Grass's fictional character Oskar Matzerath.
Abraham Cruzvillegas's investigates the relationship between materiality and the narrative of places with his aesthetic concept of autoconstrucción, reconstrucción and autodestrucción, for what he experiments with video, performance, personal and family archives, as well as academic research. His project Autodestrucción6: Chichimecachubo: Matzerath@S13, 2014 at Gdansk City Gallery 2 refers to the story of Oskar Matzerath, the protagonist of Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum, a literary narrative originating from Gdansk. Based on Mazerath's piercing scream he linked this fiction to the real story of Mexican composer Julián Carrillo, a pioneer of microtonality.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Gdansk City Gallery, Poland, from December 6, 2014, to February 1st, 2015.
Abraham Cruzvillegas (born 1968 in Mexico
, where he lives and works) works mainly with found objects: objects of everyday use, handicraft, packaging, musical instruments. He investigates the strategies of self-organisation in Latin American
cities, using the term “autoconstrucción.” He has a special interest in temporary architecture, amateur design, as well as independent social movements. The artist's works have been displayed at such spaces and shows as Tate Modern (London), Jack Tilton Gallery (NYC), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), DOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), kurimanzutto (Mexico City), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), New Museum (NYC), Regen Projects (Los Angeles), XXV Bienial de Sao Paulo, Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw). He was a resident in DAAD in Berlin, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco and Cove Park in Scotland.