Los Petroleros

My grandfather was the general secretary of Pemex in Coahuila during the sixties, and likewise, his sons worked for the company. In addition, each one of them had a career as professional boxers, where they earned the nickname "Los Petroleros".

However, due to a series of tragedies, labor abuse and corruption problems with Petróleos Mexicanos, their careers in both professions were over. Therefore, Pemex and boxing have been linked by the same story of tragedy and disappointment in my family.

It is that same story that works as fuel for the works of this project; a series of sculptural and conceptual explorations, objects that, as if they were archeological artifacts, reveal a tragic past or the desire for a future that never was. It is from a micro-story, from my own family history that these objects operate, and with it the intension to reveal the labor mechanisms that occur within the great narrative of Mexican oil industries.

(1) “Petrolero” is the Mexican nickname to refer to workers in the oil industry, especially those who do physical labor.

Huachicol, oro nunca fue, 206 Arte Contemporáneo, Tijuana, 2017


Oro sin título, 2017, three digital prints on cotton paper and aluminium frame, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 120 x 30cm. Installation view at Huachicol, oro nunca fue, 206 Arte Contemporáneo, Tijuana, 2017. 

12 Oz, 2017, pyrography on leather, 35 x 35 x 35 cm

Códice columna, 2017, ink on leather and chains, 35 x 35 x 100 cm

Los Petroleros, 2017, acrylic paint on wall, 400 x 300 cm

Installation view of Huachicol, oro nunca fue at 206 Arte Contemporáneo, Tijuana, Mexico, 2017.

Andrew Roberts