Damián Ortega. Módulos de Construcción. Textos Críticos.
Damián Ortega is a Mexican artist with a vast and diverse work. This book acts like a singular introduction: rather than a compendium of basic knowledge or a collection of texts intended for the comprehensive understanding of his oeuvre, it is, to put it in some way, an immersion. Instead of simplifying or elucidating doubts, interpretive layers are compounded. It gathers texts that interpret, study and discuss the artistic production of Damián Ortega from different postures and perspectives -sometimes opposed to each other-. There are collaborations of artists, art critics, curators, novelists, science historians, philosophers, journalists, art historians, editors, architecture scholars. There are texts originally published in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. There are essays, academic articles, journalistic notes, chronicles, interviews. Here is, in short, a kaleidoscope of readings that account for the plasticity of Ortega's work, of its ability to be developed from the most diverse areas of knowledge. This book seeks to stimulate processes and avoid any type of embalming. Instead of suturing and containing, commits to open and expand. The intention, ultimately, is to create a remembrance so that it can be used in the future.
It is hoped that these texts on Ortega's work will trigger new reflections and questions among artists, theorists, historians, writers and others. Because here, the only thing that exists is raw material.
Compilation by Luciano Concheiro, with illustrations from Damián Ortega. Texts by Francesco Bonami, Fiona Bradley, Guy Brett, Damien Cave, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Adrian Forty, Christine Frérot, Roberto García Hernández, Massimiliano Gioni, Mark Godfrey, Emily Gogolak, Sergio González Rodríguez, Anna Hiddleston, Eungie Joo, Christophe Kihm, Clara Kim, Hari Kunzuru, Gabriel Kuri, Bruno Latour, Christine Macel, Susan May, Friederich Meschede, María Minera, Helen Molesworth, Jessica Morgan, Rodrigo Moura, Gabriel Orozco, Luis Felipe Ortega, Diego Rabasa, Sinziana Ravini, Francisco Reyes palma, Alma Ruiz, Itala Schmelz, Graciela Speranza, Adam Szymczyk, Reto Thüring, John Tresch, Juan Villoro, and Michael Wilson.
fondo de cultura económica, 2017
16.5 x 22.5 cm