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minerva cuevas

1975, Ciudad de México

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. Cuevas’ practice encompasses a wide range of media, including painting, video, sculpture, photography and installation, through which she investigates the politics and power structures that underlie specific social and economic ties. Her interdisciplinary projects combine aspects of anthropology, product design and economics to explore different ways of intervening urban spaces, museums and galleries. Whilst appropriating the language of the establishment (branding, advertisement and commerce) the artist delivers a message of non-compliance and resistance. A relentless critic of reality, Cuevas discovers her source material through 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 BA in Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City. In 2004, she was recipient of the Grant for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus. She was artist in residence at the Berliner Künstlerprogramm en Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in 2003 and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in 1998.

Minerva Cuevas lives and works in Mexico City

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

from serie hidrocarburos, 2007

objects covered in chapopote (eight model figures, diving helmet, mobile telephone, hemp reel, wooden stick, two plastic figures, stone, ceramic figure, pump)

variable dimensions

detail

 

 

from serie hidrocarburos, 2007

research documentation, magnifying glasses, four asphalt fragments, two chapopote fragments with sea incrustations, one fragment of concrete, objects covered in chapopote, seven pieces of solid chapopote, solidified driping of chapopote

table: 32.28 x 78.74 x 78.74 in.

detail

 

 

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006
video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to dvd, projected on vintage monitor
4:30 min

 

 

del montte, 2003
acrylic paint, research plan printed on paper, 100 re-labeled tomato cans
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, 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 in 
installation view at casa del lago juan josé arreola-unam, mexico city, 2006

 

 

 

donald mcronald (paris), 2006
single channel color video transferred to dvd
10:23 min

 

 

donald mcronald (mexico), 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 min each

 

 

economy of the imaginary, 2006
5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to dvd, english subtitles
2:00 min each

 

 

atlas, 2010
hd video with sound
7:00 min

 

 

égalité, 2004
acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label
157.48 x 102.36 in

 

 

égalité, 2004
acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label
157.48 x 102.36 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 in, photo: 8.86 x 13 in

 

 

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, 2001

 

how long does it take to get to nato?, 2001
billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, 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
variable dimensions

 

 

nation state, 2003
digital print on plasticized canvas
314. 96 x 914.96 in
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

 

nation state, 2003
acrylic paint and table with fruit salad
variable dimensions
installation view at domaine départemental de chamarande, chamarande, 2014

 

 

 

nicosia, 2005
stencil designs
variable dimensions

 

 

nicosia (logo), 2005
stencil
variable dimensions

 

 

nicosia (logo), 2005
stencil
variable dimensions

 

 

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004
digital print and 20,000 fortune cookies
variable dimensions

 

 

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
digital print: 19.69 x 23.62 in, rhythm-score 9.45 x 11.81 in

 

 

the battle of kalliope, 2004
detail view

 

the poor man, the rich man and the mosquito, 2007
dvd
4:10 min
installation view at mc kunst gallery, los angeles, 2007

 

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions

 

causa y efecto, 2007
acrylic paint on wall
variable dimensions
installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2008

 

 

 

not just oil, 2009
oil paint on compressed wood board, covered in tar
32.28 x 19.69 in

 

 

state, 2007
acrylic wall painting
variable dimensions

 

 

state, 2007
hanging announcement
variable dimensions

 

 

disidencia v 2.0, 2008-2010
single-channel hdv projection with sound
25:43 min

 

 

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 in

 

 

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 in

 

 

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 in

 

 

from serie hidrocarburos, 2007

objects covered in chapopote (eight model figures, diving helmet, mobile telephone, hemp reel, wooden stick, two plastic figures, stone, ceramic figure, pump)

variable dimensions

detail

 

 

from serie hidrocarburos, 2007

research documentation, magnifying glasses, four asphalt fragments, two chapopote fragments with sea incrustations, one fragment of concrete, objects covered in chapopote, seven pieces of solid chapopote, solidified driping of chapopote

table: 32.28 x 78.74 x 78.74 in.

detail

 

 

(sl) sky lanterns for stanislaw lem, 2006
video of 60 fire lanterns released over warsaw, transferred to dvd, projected on vintage monitor
4:30 min

 

 

del montte, 2003
acrylic paint, research plan printed on paper, 100 re-labeled tomato cans
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, 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 in 
installation view at casa del lago juan josé arreola-unam, mexico city, 2006

 

 

 

donald mcronald (paris), 2006
single channel color video transferred to dvd
10:23 min

 

 

donald mcronald (mexico), 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 min each

 

 

economy of the imaginary, 2006
5 channel video installation with sound, transferred to dvd, english subtitles
2:00 min each

 

 

atlas, 2010
hd video with sound
7:00 min

 

 

égalité, 2004
acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label
157.48 x 102.36 in

 

 

égalité, 2004
acrylic paint on wall and 1,080 water bottles with altered label
157.48 x 102.36 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 inches, photo: 7.9 x 13 in

 

 

habana, 2000
photographic documentation and poster
poster: 19.69 x 27.56 in, photo: 8.86 x 13 in

 

 

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, 2001

 

how long does it take to get to nato?, 2001
billboard created for the 24th graphic biennial, ljubljana, 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
variable dimensions

 

 

nation state, 2003
digital print on plasticized canvas
314. 96 x 914.96 in
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

 

nation state, 2003
acrylic paint and table with fruit salad
variable dimensions
installation view at domaine départemental de chamarande, chamarande, 2014

 

 

 

nicosia, 2005
stencil designs
variable dimensions

 

 

nicosia (logo), 2005
stencil
variable dimensions

 

 

nicosia (logo), 2005
stencil
variable dimensions

 

 

on otherness and revolution (action takes precedence over words), 2004
digital print and 20,000 fortune cookies
variable dimensions

 

 

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
digital print: 19.69 x 23.62 in, rhythm-score 9.45 x 11.81 in

 

 

the battle of kalliope, 2004
detail view

 

the poor man, the rich man and the mosquito, 2007
dvd
4:10 min
installation view at mc kunst gallery, los angeles, 2007

 

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions
installation view at museo de la ciudad de méxico, mexico city, 2012

 

 

serie hidrocarburos, 2007
variable dimensions

 

causa y efecto, 2007
acrylic paint on wall
variable dimensions
installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2008

 

 

 

not just oil, 2009
oil paint on compressed wood board, covered in tar
32.28 x 19.69 in

 

 

state, 2007
acrylic wall painting
variable dimensions

 

 

state, 2007
hanging announcement
variable dimensions

 

 

disidencia v 2.0, 2008-2010
single-channel hdv projection with sound
25:43 min

 

 

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 in

 

 

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 in

 

 

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 in

 

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

Recent selected solo exhibitions include: No Room To Play, DAAD Galerie, Berlin; Disidencia, The Mishkin Gallery, New York (2019); Dissidência (vídeos), Galpao VB, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2018); 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, 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).

selected group exhibitions and biennials

Cuevas has exhibited in numerous international group shows, such as: Soft Power, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), New York (2019); 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, (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: Prospect 4, Nueva Orleans (2017); 6th Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2010); 6 Berlin Biennale (2010); 9e Biennale de Lyon, France (2007); 6th 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); 8. İstanbul Bienali (2003), Turkey.

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