How Things Malfunction: A Conversation with Eduardo Abaroa
By Robert Preece
Eduardo Abaroa's work has taken many twists and
turns over the years, from the monument-like
Portable Broken Obelisk for Outdoor Markets (1991–
93) to the curiously functional and intimate Fragments
for human hands VI (2009), to the spectacular
Total destruction of the Anthropology Museum
(2012) and the surreal and hypnotic Great Oxygen
Catastrophe (2015). In the past, Abaroa worked
primarily with Arte Povera-style materials, but recent
works have moved in a different direction. Time
will tell whether he might return to find new ways
of investigating everyday materials in the future.
Regardless of material or subject, Abaroa consistently
surprises with combinations and juxtapositions
both playful and seriously sociopolitical, as he rethinks
a range of cultural, ideological, historical, environmental,
and aesthetic traditions
...see the entire article in the print version of January/February's Sculpture magazine.
de Coatlinchan, 2012. Digital video,
10 min. Installation view of "Destrucción
total del museo de antropología," 2016.