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drunker, 1995

video transferred to DVD

1:05 minutes

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006

video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to DVD, projected on vintage monitor

4:30 minutes

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006

video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to DVD, projected on vintage monitor

4:30 minutes

del montte, 2003

acrylic paint, research plan printed on paper, 100 re-labeled tomato cans

installation view at museo de la ciudad de mexico, mexico city, 2012

del montte - la boite de l'imperialisme, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 120 relabeled red tomato sauce cans

157.48 x 110.24 inches minimum

installation view at casa del lago juan josé arreola-UNAM, mexico city, mexico, 2006

del montte - bananeras, 2003

acrylic paint, silkscree, two plastic palm trees, four plastic bunches of bananas, straw

variable dimensions

installation view at the liverpool biennial, liverpool, united kingdom, 2010

donald mcronald (paris), 2006

single channel color video transferred to DVD

10:23 minutes

donald mcronald (méxico), 2006

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

dodgem, 2002

documentation of a public intervention where the artists placed labels of oil companies on the go-cars at a children's fair in mexico city.

dodgem, 2002

documentation of a public intervention where the artists placed labels of oil companies on the go-cars at a children's fair in mexico city.

economy of the imaginary, 2006

5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to DVD, english subtitles

2:00 minutes each

economy of the imaginary, 2006

5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to DVD, english subtitles

2:00 minutes each

atlas, 2010

HD video with sound

7:00 minutes

égalité, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label

157.48 x 102.36 inches

égalité, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label

157.48 x 102.36 inches

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 inches

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 inches

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 8.86 x 13 inches

arqueología política, 2005

set of 16 digital prints

23.82 x 15.75 each

how long does it take to get to NATO?, 2001

billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, slovenia, 2001

how long does it take to get to NATO?, 2001

billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, slovenia, 2001

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

 

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at the 41st salón nacional de artistas de colombia, cali, colombia, 2008

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

documentary archive

 

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation and documentary archive

dimensions variable

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at museo tamayo, mexico city, 2000

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation and documentary archive

dimensions variable

nation state, 2003

digital print on plasticized canvas

314. 96 x 914.96 inches

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

nation state, 2003

acrylic paint and table with fruit salad

dimensions variable

installation view at domaine départemental de chmarande, chamarade, france, 2014

nicosia, 2005

stencil designs

dimensions variable

nicosia (logo), 2005

stencil

dimensions variable

nicosia (logo), 2005

stencil

dimensions variable

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004

c-print and 20,000 fortune cookies

dimensions variable

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

dirhams, 2005

acrylic paint on 3 walls

social entomology, 2006-2007

5 microscope projectors with specimen slides, 6 tables with research material, magic lantern slides, postcards, publications, vintage insecticide spray pumps, magnifying glass, microscope and insects

variable dimensions

the battle of kalliope, 2004

music box (kalliope, circa 1900), plays german melody "ich weiss ein herz," c-print and rhythm-score, steel discs, electronic circuit, speakers

c-print: 19.69 x 23.62 inches, rhythm-score 9.45 x 11.81 inches

the battle of kalliope, 2004

detail view

the poor man, the rich man and the mosquito, 2007

DVD

4:10 minutes

installation view at mc kunst gallery, los angeles, united states, 2007

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

causa y efecto, 2007

acrylic paint on wall

dimensions variable

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2008

not just oil, 2009

oil paint on compressed wood board, covered in tar

32.28 x 19.69 inches

state, 2007

acrylic wall painting

dimensions variable

state, 2007

hanging announcement

dimensions variable

disidencia v 2.0, 2008-2010

single-channel HDV projection with sound

25:43 minutes

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

image

drunker, 1995

video transferred to DVD

1:05 minutes

image

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006

video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to DVD, projected on vintage monitor

4:30 minutes

image

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006

video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to DVD, projected on vintage monitor

4:30 minutes

image

del montte, 2003

acrylic paint, research plan printed on paper, 100 re-labeled tomato cans

installation view at museo de la ciudad de mexico, mexico city, 2012

image

del montte - la boite de l'imperialisme, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 120 relabeled red tomato sauce cans

157.48 x 110.24 inches minimum

installation view at casa del lago juan josé arreola-UNAM, mexico city, mexico, 2006

image

del montte - bananeras, 2003

acrylic paint, silkscree, two plastic palm trees, four plastic bunches of bananas, straw

variable dimensions

installation view at the liverpool biennial, liverpool, united kingdom, 2010

image

donald mcronald (paris), 2006

single channel color video transferred to DVD

10:23 minutes

image

donald mcronald (méxico), 2006

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

dodgem, 2002

documentation of a public intervention where the artists placed labels of oil companies on the go-cars at a children's fair in mexico city.

image

dodgem, 2002

documentation of a public intervention where the artists placed labels of oil companies on the go-cars at a children's fair in mexico city.

image

economy of the imaginary, 2006

5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to DVD, english subtitles

2:00 minutes each

image

economy of the imaginary, 2006

5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to DVD, english subtitles

2:00 minutes each

image

atlas, 2010

HD video with sound

7:00 minutes

image

égalité, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label

157.48 x 102.36 inches

image

égalité, 2004

acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label

157.48 x 102.36 inches

image

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 inches

image

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 inches

image

habana, 2000

photographic documentation and poster

poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 8.86 x 13 inches

image

arqueología política, 2005

set of 16 digital prints

23.82 x 15.75 each

image

how long does it take to get to NATO?, 2001

billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, slovenia, 2001

image

how long does it take to get to NATO?, 2001

billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, slovenia, 2001

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

 

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at the 41st salón nacional de artistas de colombia, cali, colombia, 2008

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

documentary archive

 

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation and documentary archive

dimensions variable

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at museo tamayo, mexico city, 2000

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

mejor vida corp., 1998-2012

installation and documentary archive

dimensions variable

image

nation state, 2003

digital print on plasticized canvas

314. 96 x 914.96 inches

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

nation state, 2003

acrylic paint and table with fruit salad

dimensions variable

installation view at domaine départemental de chmarande, chamarade, france, 2014

image

nicosia, 2005

stencil designs

dimensions variable

image

nicosia (logo), 2005

stencil

dimensions variable

image

nicosia (logo), 2005

stencil

dimensions variable

image

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004

c-print and 20,000 fortune cookies

dimensions variable

image

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

dirhams, 2005

acrylic paint on 3 walls

image

social entomology, 2006-2007

5 microscope projectors with specimen slides, 6 tables with research material, magic lantern slides, postcards, publications, vintage insecticide spray pumps, magnifying glass, microscope and insects

variable dimensions

image

the battle of kalliope, 2004

music box (kalliope, circa 1900), plays german melody "ich weiss ein herz," c-print and rhythm-score, steel discs, electronic circuit, speakers

c-print: 19.69 x 23.62 inches, rhythm-score 9.45 x 11.81 inches

image

the battle of kalliope, 2004

detail view

image

the poor man, the rich man and the mosquito, 2007

DVD

4:10 minutes

installation view at mc kunst gallery, los angeles, united states, 2007

image

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

image

serie hidrocarburos, 2007

dimensions variable

image

causa y efecto, 2007

acrylic paint on wall

dimensions variable

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2008

image

not just oil, 2009

oil paint on compressed wood board, covered in tar

32.28 x 19.69 inches

image

state, 2007

acrylic wall painting

dimensions variable

image

state, 2007

hanging announcement

dimensions variable

image

disidencia v 2.0, 2008-2010

single-channel HDV projection with sound

25:43 minutes

image

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

image

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

image

moral horizons (from the series all heaven in a rage), 2012-2013

acrylic on plywood

set of 3: 12.99 x 11.81 x 1.38; 14.57 x 19.69 x 1.57; 14.96 x 19.69 x 1.38 inches

minerva cuevas

* 1975, Mexico City

 

Through the intervention of images and objects of daily consumption, Minerva Cuevas invites us to rethink the role corporations play in food production and the management of natural resources. Employing irony and humor, her work seeks to provoke reflection about the impact that local actions can have on the enforcement of fair labor practices and the redistribution of monetary flow. Her practice encompasses a wide range of supports –painting, video, sculpture, photography, and installation–, through which she investigates the politics and power structures that underlie certain social and economic ties. Her interdisciplinary projects combine aspects of anthropology, product design, and economics, in order to explore different ways of intervening urban spaces, museums, and galleries. She appropriates the language of the establishment (branding, advertisement, and commerce) while delivering a message of non-compliance and resistance. A relentless critic of reality, Cuevas finds her source material by analyzing the notions of value, exchange, and ownership that rule a capitalist economy, as well as their consequences. Her work serves as a tool to discuss the condition of the individual under a capitalist regime: constant abuse, dispossession and estrangement from ancestral and cultural identity, but also the latent possibility of revolt implicit in the everyday.

 

Minerva Cuevas studied a BA in Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City. In 2004, she became the recipient of the Grant for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus. She has been an artist in residency at the Berliner Künstlerprogramm en Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in 2003 and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 1998.

 

Her most important solo exhibitions include: Minerva Cuevas, DMA Dallas Museum of Art, United States (2017); Minerva Cuevas, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City (2012); Landings, Cornerhouse, Manchester, United Kingdom (2011); SCOOP, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); Minerva Cuevas, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2008); Phenomena, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2007); On Society, MC Kunst, Los Angeles (2007); Egalité 2007, Le Grand Café - centre d'art contemporain, Saint-Nazaire, France (2007); Schwarzfahrer Are My Heroes, Daadgalerie, Berlin (2004); Mejor Vida Corp, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2000), among others.

 

In recent years, her work has been included in the following group exhibitions: Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, United States (2017); We call it Ludwig. The Museum is Turning 40! Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2017); Unsettled, The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, United States (2017); Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, South London Gallery (SLG) (2016); Bajo un mismo Sol: Arte de America Latina hoy, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); United States of Latin America, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, United States (2015); Food: dal cucchiaio al mondo, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2015); Sportsmanship under surveillance, LACAP - Latin American-Canadian Art Projects, Toronto, Canada (2015); Testigo del siglo, MAZ - Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2014); Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, United States (2014); In/Humano, MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2014); Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Utopian Days, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2014); Resisting the Present, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2011) and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); Elles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010); Populism, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2005); Hardcore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003); among others.

 

She has also participated in the following biennials: 6th Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2010); 6 Berlin Biennale (2010); 9e Biennale de Lyon, France (2007); 6 a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007); 27a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); Sharjah Biennial 7, United Arab Emirates (2005); 14th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2004); 2nd edition of the T.I.C.A.B – Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual, Albania (2005); and 8. İstanbul Bienali (2003), Turkey.

 

Minerva Cuevas lives and works in Mexico City.