abstraction at work

Abstraction at Work is an entity dedicated to rethinking abstraction's functions through projects ranging from temporary installations to participatory and curatorial experiments. Abstraction at Work infiltrates territories and resists narratives that try to limit and define her areas of operation. Always in the process of becoming and under construction, like a democracy, or a developing country, Abstraction at Work brings the event of social practice and abstraction together for a dance that may lead to an insurgence.

Abstraction's etymology from late Latin, abstrahere, is to separate, to draw away. In its uncompounded root form, trahere has a wider set of meanings, including to take on, assume, acquire. It means to draw together, bring together, draw along, to attract, to allure. To manufacture. To ponder, consider. It also refers to time, as in: to protract, to draw out, drag out, linger through, extend, prolong, lengthen, delay. Abstraction at Work brings these divergent dimensions at the root of abstraction into play – and into work.

Abstraction at Work was founded by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz in 2009.