Currently under development as part of her upcoming Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts residency at Seattle University, this gallery-based project will continue Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas’s activist engagement with the social and environmental consequences of global capitalism. Her residency and exhibition follow on projects like Mejor Vida Corporation, a non-profit organization founded by the artist that promotes and distributes services for free, with the aim of creating a small aperture within the rigorously policed and regimented systems of distribution and consumption. The malleable nature of Cuevas's practice allows her to appropriate the language of the establishment (branding, advertisement, and commerce) while delivering a message of non-compliance and resistance.
Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975) received her BA in Visual Arts from Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Minerva Cuevas, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City (2012); SCOOP, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2010); Minerva Cuevas, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2008); Phenomena, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2007); and Egalité 2007, Centre d’art contemporain, Saint Nazaire, France (2007). Cuevas’s work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporaneo, Museo Jumex, Mexico City Mexico (2013); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2010); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2010); and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, United States (2008), among others, and in international biennials such as the 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 27th Bienal De São Paulo Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2006); and The 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2003). She lives and works in Mexico City.
*guest artist residency made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts