Changarrito is a project developed by Mexico City-based Argentinean artist Máximo González, who
recently exhibited at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles. Changarrito is a
contemporary art vending cart borne from González’s desire to integrate local artists with the alternative
economy of street commerce and the mobility of changarros, or mobile vending carts in Mexico.
Changarrito debuted at the international art fair ARCO ’05 in Madrid, Spain,
where Mexico was the invited country. González presented Changarrito as an
alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural
authorities. With Changarrito, Máximo facilitated a more accurate portrayal of
the vast Mexican art scene, as more than 60 artists were represented.
More than a vending cart, Changarrito is a free-standing, mobile exhibition
space that introduces local artists to new audiences in an unconventional way.
Four carts currently span the Americas, located in Mexico City, Buenos Aires,
Los Angeles, and Austin.
As a live project, Changarrito is faithful to its informal spirit, though it keeps
evolving in order to support additional projects such as the Poetic Library, the
Changarrito Contemporary Art Collection, and an editorial called “Letritas del
For more information, visit: www.proyectochangarrito.blogspot.com