Ariel Orozco

b. 1979, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Lives and works in Mexico city, Mexico

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Ariel Orozco, Yo paso por la ciudad y la ciudad pasa por mi, 2005, installation view, Pete and Repeat, 2009 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Thierry Bal
Ariel Orozco, Yo paso por la ciudad y la ciudad pasa por mi, 2005, installation view, Pete and Repeat, 2009 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Thierry Bal

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Yo paso por la ciudad y la ciudad pasa por mi (2005) documents an action for which Orozco walked the streets of Mexico City for three days asking members of the public to swap their clothing for what he was wearing. By repeatedly making this request, Orozco navigated a complex network of social and economic classes, connecting them with an unusual form of material exchange and highlighting some of the stark differences between them.