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Sensory Spaces 12 - Abraham Cruzvillegas

from October 14 2017 until January 28 2018

La Huesteca

Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.

For the twelfth edition of the Sensory Spaces series Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico D.F., Mexico 1968) will present a site-specific installation.

Three geodesic dome structures -made with wooden sticks, hemp rope, tarred cardboard, screws and bottle caps- lay over the floor on one side working as speakers for three traditional musicians, performing inside them; lyrics tell the story told by a seven meters plastic water hose about a thirsty woman who cries because her children abandoned her. Her tears flood a district formerly built over a lake, then it becomes a well.

The three structures will house for an evening a musical trio, each a musician, from the upper East area of Mexico, the Huasteca region, where they normally play like this: a violin player, a jarana (a small kind of guitar from the region) and a quinta (a larger bass guitar) player; in this occasion they will play a song with lyrics, suddenly approaching the microtonal scale of Julián Carrillo, using machetes, sickles or daggers to play, instead of their fingers.


Sensory spaces 12 - Abraham Cruzvillegas is on view in gallery A on the first floor.