Eduardo Abaroa

MEX (1969). Lives and works in Mexico City.

Project design for the demolition of the Museum of Anthropology, 2012
Model: 15 x 132 x 88 cm
Silkscreens, 8: 69.7 x 106.8 x 4.5 cm
Rubble: 100 x 700 x 500 cm
Coatlinchan monolith video, 2012, 10′

Abaroa produces sculptures and installations through which he addresses social, cultural, and anthropological problems from a critical perspective, suggesting new perspectives and new debates.

In recent years, Abaroa has concentrated on projects that involve archeology and anthropology—especially pre-Hispanic culture in Mexico. His biennial piece, Proyecto de demolición del Museo de Antropología (Project design for the demolition of the Museum of Anthropology) is a meditation on the ethnographic fascination with Mexican indigenous peoples, frequently taken for cultural processes from the past, a perspective that ignores their presence in the present. He highlights this hypocrisy by tying it to the clichés that exist around these native cultures, invested with a romantic air of European colonialism that is directly inherited and that, in his opinion, does not correspond in the least with the reality of the past or the present.

At #1 Cartagena the piece includes a series of serigraphs, a model, a video, and rubble containing broken pre-Hispanic figures. Despite being a work of fiction, it intends to
outline an ideological argument that will draw attention. This tone stands in contrast to the modest, passive one usually adopted at exhibitions in anthropological useums. In addition, it questions the efforts being made to unite official architecture and national ideology in a project that is not faithful to the so-called national identity but rather meets the demands of a touristic product.