Sergio Beltrán-García

Sergio Beltrán-García


  • Colonial legacy, Culture of memory, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Mexico City (Mexico)

Sergio Beltrán-García is an architect, activist, and researcher from Mexico City, Mexico. Beltrán-Garcia engages with the aesthetic and political practices of truth elucidation, judicialization, and non-repetition of human rights violations by using memory as an entry point.
His work focuses on the design and construction of memorial processes, emphasizing memory’s power to mitigate historic violences. His project, The Dispersed Memorial, responds to artificially heightened political and economic costs of memorial-building in Mexico for victims of human rights violations: a low-cost, modular and self-constructing memorial prototype which, assisted by mixed reality technologies, will bridge the gaps between attended and forgotten victims.
Beltrán-García also practices as a forensic architect and assists human rights lawyers. In 2019, the United Kingdom granted him the prestigious Chevening Award to pursue a postgraduate degree in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London to deepen his knowledge on counter-forensic investigation. He is a member of the Memory Studies Association, and has also received fellowships at the Aspen Institute and at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Contributions by Sergio Beltrán-García