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Autoconstrucción: The Film

Directed by Abraham Cruzvillegas

Part of Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites

Shot with nonprofessional actors on location in his childhood hometown of Ajusco, Mexico, Abraham Cruzvillegas’s abstract film portrait intertwines static footage of the area’s volcanic landscape with unscripted moments of intimacy and encounter. The artist uses the predictable, mechanistic structure of early pornographic movies to build a nonlinear story of fragments that collapse past and present as well as the neighborhood’s history and its improvised reality. Throughout his artistic practice, Cruzvillegas investigates what he calls autoconstrucción (self-construction)—a process through which he gives new life to found materials while working in urban or rural environments around the world. 2009, video, 62 minutes.


Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites is organized by the Walker Art Center.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Nelly and Moisés Cosío Espinosa, the Rose Francis Foundation, Gabriela and Ramiro Garza, Eugenio Lopez, Leni and David Moore, Jr., Donna and Jim Pohlad, Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney, and Marge and Irv Weiser.

The catalogue is made possible with generous support from Isabel and Agustín Coppel and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications.

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