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Minerva Cuevas in "Mexico City"Preview

In this preview from the Mexico City episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Minerva Cuevas shares the inspiration behind her 2015 exhibition at kurimanzutto, feast and famine.

“[It is] very much a reference to the capitalist system—considering the whole capitalist system as a cannibalistic process,” says the artist.

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Minerva Cuevas

Minerva Cuevas is a conceptual and socially-engaged artist who creates sculptural installations and paintings in response to politically-charged events, such as the tension between world starvation and capitalistic excess. Cuevas documents community protests in a cartography of resistance while also creating mini-sabotages—altering grocery store bar codes and manufacturing student identity cards—as part of her non-profit Mejor Vida Corp / Better Life Corporation. Cuevas addresses the negative impact that humans have on animals and the environment through sculptures coated in tar and tender paintings of animal rights activists, imagining a society that values all living beings.

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