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Abraham Cruzvillegas, Study Room, 2010, mixed media. Installation view.

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Galerie Chantal Crousel

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Study Room, 2010, mixed media. Installation view.

“I’m very interested in the idea of what happens in the border, in the space in between. What happens when you cross the street? Or when you cross the périphérique?” Having lived in Paris from 2005 through 2008, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas recently returned to that city to examine its borders and his own identity in relation to them. La petite ceinture, the “little belt” made of nineteenth-century train tracks that encircled the city just inside its nineteenth-century fortifications, still marks the boundary of central Paris. The system of defensive walls, built in response to France’s defeat by Prussia in 1815, was demolished following World War I; the tracks were largely out of use by the 1930s. But the Boulevard Périphérique, a ring road that now separates Paris from its banlieues, was built along much the same route. Drawn to the physical manifestations of liminal

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