* 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 on politics and the potential impact of local actions on the enforcement of fair labor practices and the redistribution of monetary flow. Her practice encompasses a wide range of supports –including painting, video, sculpture, photography and installation–, through which she investigates certain power structures that underlie social and economic ties. Her interdisciplinary projects combine aspects of anthropology, product design and economics, in order to explore different ways of intervening in the urban space as well as in 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 notions of value, exchange and ownership that rule the capitalist economy, as well as their consequences. Her works serve as tools to discuss the condition of the individual under the capitalist regime: the constant abuse, dispossession and estrangement from ancestral and cultural identity, as well as the latent possibility of revolt implicit in the everyday.
Minerva Cuevas studied a BA in Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM. In 2004 she attended the Artist Residency Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst Stipend, in Oldenburg, Germany after having made in 2003 the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst DAAD, Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany and in 1998 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Artist Residency in Alberta, Canada.
Her most important solo exhibitions include: Feast and famine, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico (2015); Minerva Cuevas, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City (2012); Landings, Cornerhouse, Gallery 1, Manchester, United Kingdom (2011); SCOOP, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2010); Minerva Cuevas, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Nederland (2008); Phenomena, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2007); On Society, MC Kunst, Los Angeles, United States (2007); Egalité 2007, Le Grand Café–Centre d’art contemporain, Saint Nazaire France (2007); Schwarzfahrer Are My Heroes, DAAD, Berlin Germany (2004); Mejor Vida Corp, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City Mexico (2000). Moreover, her work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2017); Museo Jumex, Mexico City Mexico (2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2013); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (mam/arc), Paris, France (2012); muac Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2010); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2010) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, United States (2008) among others.
She has participated in various biennials, such as the 4th Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans (2017); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2010); the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin Germany (2010); the 9th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon France (2007); The Bienal do Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007); the 27th Bienal De São Paulo Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2006); the Tirana Biennale, Kompleksi–Goldi, Tirana, Albania (2005), and The 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2003).
Minerva Cuevas currently lives and works in Mexico City.