Abraham Cruzvillegas. Autorreconstrucción: Social Tissue

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  • Abraham Cruzvillegas. Autorreconstrucción: Social Tissue

Exhibition

16 Feb – 25 Mar 2018

Kunsthaus Zürich Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

The Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is receiving his first exhibition in Switzerland. In his works and space-filling installations, he investigates sculpture as the expression of social conditions. His artistic practise is imbued with a sense of constant becoming. Improvisation, working with found materials and interacting with local people play a key role. Cruzvillegas will be transforming the 1,000-square-metre presentation space into a workshop, in which new works will take shape during the exhibition and a range of events will be held. At the end of the presentation, the new creations will be assembled into a complete installation, transposing the concept of dynamic process that is key to Cruzvillegas’s work into the exhibition format itself.

 

A PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION

Cruzvillegas’s method is based on his own experience. He grew up in Ajusco, a volcanic landscape south of the Mexican capital. Here, in the wake of the rural exodus, he witnessed families teaming up with their new neighbours to construct makeshift, self-built housing using rudimentary materials found nearby, and adapting it to their changing needs. For Cruzvillegas, the sculptural form thus becomes a process of transformation, action and solidarity, in which collaboration with others plays a central role.

 

INVOLVING LOCAL PEOPLE

In Zurich, Cruzvillegas will also be working closely with people locally. Throughout the short, five-week exhibition students and local craftspeople will be helping him create new works.

 

A HAPPENING ABOUT FILM, MUSIC, SOCIAL ISSUES, NATURE AND ART

A range of events and activities are planned to accompany the exhibition. The events programme is a collaboration with various actors from Zurich and includes weekly film screenings, workshops, round-table discussions as well as skateboarding afternoons and a club for children. ‘Abendschule Import’ will be offering evening classes in which refugees share their knowledge. Zurich based bands will be taking lyrics composed by Abraham Cruzvillegas to accompany his sculptures, setting them to music and performing them in a live concert every Thursday. The concert series is a cooperation with Bar 3000. Performance artist and cook Sandra Knecht will be moving her monthly

‘Immer wieder sonntags’ dinner to the Kunsthaus – and there’s much more besides.

 

FIRST EXHIBITION IN SWITZERLAND: AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

The exhibition by Abraham Cruzvillegas is an opportunity to actually watch a contemporary artist at work. It is a unique experience and a whole new way of accessing art. Also novel is Cruzvillegas’s inclusion of non-human organisms that visitors will encounter in the exhibition, in a continuation of the artist’s engagement with issues of climate change and its consequences.

 

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