Mexico City

Minerva Cuevas


For her most recent exhibition in her hometown, “La venganza del elefante” (The Elephant’s Revenge), Minerva Cuevas took on the role of a nineteenth-century explorer; she sought out and presented objects and images, some from that period, that possess an aesthetic dictated by their political and social contents—history’s material production. Cuevas considers herself an activist, and her art deals with issues such as ecological disaster, unfair trade and globalization, and humankind’s desire to dominate nature. The body of work that she presented in Kurimanzutto’s warehouse space was diverse and included video and animation, projected stills, objects, and a sound installation.

Serie hidrocarburos (Hydrocarbon Series), 2007, which features a tabletop array of objects, newspaper clippings, and photographs, evolved out of a stay in southeastern Mexico. Moved by her interest in social ecology,

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