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press: Minerva Cuevas dips into the commercial past of chocolate

Conceptual and socially-engaged artist Minerva Cuevas creates sculptural installations and paintings in response to politically charged events such as the tension between world starvation and capitalistic excess.

For her 2015 installation, Feast and Famine, Cuevas investigated the use of cacao as a primitive form of currency in pre-Hispanic Mexico.

"The exhibition was very much a reference to considering the whole capitalist system as a cannibalist process," said Cuevas in our "Mexico City" episode. "That puts together two of the characteristics of capitalism: the exploitation of all the resources in the planet—so it's all this feast; but, at the end, we are reaching the point of societies that are dying of starvation."