Minerva Cuevas

Egalité

Exhibition   Production   Biography

Exhibition

  • Exposition from June 1st to september 1st 2007 

On the ground floor, Minerva Cuevas fills the space with Egalité (Equality), a project created in 2002 now reactivated and considerably enlarged in the form of a café: the "Café Egalité". Looking as if it has been hurriedly set up in the midst of an imposing stock of small bottles of water (45000!) stored on pallets, this rather basic café (some tables and chairs, fridges, a shelf for 'special edition' bottles, a banner) disrupts the classic codes and events of an exhibition. Invited to take a seat to slake her thirst or leave with a bottle of Egalité water, the visitor is taking part in a singular experience and actively diffusing the work outside the space. Minerva Cuevas's project echoes the particular history of the site itself, which was formerly a café founded by the father of Aristide Briand (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926), and it projects us directly towards an interrogation of today's world at the mercy of globalization.

In Mexico, the artist's homeland, access to drinking water for all is a burning question. The distribution of bottled mineral water in Mexico (and particularly the brand evoked in the exhibition) is placed under the control of the Coca-Cola multinational. So Minerva Cuevas has appropriated the labels that appear on bottles of a well-known French mineral water. The colours, design and layout work in exactly the same way but the name of the brand has been lost in favour of a slogan "Egalité, une condition naturelle (Equality, a natural condition)".

The Egalité project is emblematic of the stance taken by Minerva Cuevas who chose to create in 1998 the Mejor Vida Corporation (Better Life Corporation) as a not-for-profit 'micro-economic services' business. Amongst other things it uses images that are anchored in the collective unconscious to appropriate logos and slogans. "These simple propositions, adaptable to daily life, in favour of egalitarian values, are only possible in artistic circles, a space of liberty and debate that seems able to validate these assertions and to allow the creation to be seen".1

1. Aurélie Voltz,in cat. « Hardcore, vers un nouvel activisme », 2003 


Production

Minerva Cuevas, Egalité, 2002-2007
Installation, tables, chairs, fridges, bottles of water
© Minerva Cuevas, Attribution Non Commerciale - No devos 2.0


Biography

  • Née en 1975 à Mexico.
  • Vit et travaille à Mexico.

2007

- Vacíos Urbanos Architecture and Urbanism Triennial. Lisbon, Portugal
- Profit & Loss Sun Valley Center for the Arts. USA
- Otra de vaqueros Laboratorio Arte Alameda. DF. MEX

2006

- Reconstrucción Solo show. Casa del Lago, Chapultepec. DF. MEX
- The Exotic Journey Ends Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
- How to live together 27th Bienal de São Paulo Brazil.
- The Economy of the Imaginary - Pirates and Heroes Solo show - Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Los Angeles, CA. USA .
- The Wonderful World of Irational.org HMKV. Dortmund. DE
- Para todos los públicos Sala Rekalde. Bilbao. ES.
- Give(a)way ev+a. Limerick, IR
- An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life. REDCAT. Los Angeles. CA. USA
- Colonialism without colonies? Shedhalle. Zürich. CH

2005

- Not Impressed By Civilization MST Festival Walter Phillips Gallery The Banff Centre. Alberta, CA
- Tirana Biennale Kompleksi -Goldi. Tirana, Albania.
- American West Compton Verney. Warwickshire, UK
- Leaps of faith Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Populism. Contemporary Art Centre. Vilnius,LT. Frankfurter Kunstverein, DE. Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, NL
- This Peaceful War Tramway. Glasgow International Festival. Glasgow, UK
- On Property Solo show. Reg Vardy Gallery. Sunderland, UK
- Ingenio 400 La Fabrica.ES
- Belonging Sharjah Biennial. UAE
- Zero Interest Galleria Civica, Trento, IT
- Circa Berlin Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, DK

2004

- Minerva Cuevas. Solo show. Maes & Matthys Gallery. Antwerp. BE
- Ipermercati Dell' Arte Palazzo delle Papesse. Siena, IT
- Art actuel et espace public Artexte. Montreal, CA
- Paisajes Mediáticos Centro Cultural La Caixa. Lleida, Tarragona, Girona. ES
- Systemstörung Edith-Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst. Oldenburg, DE
- Schwarzfahrer are my heroes Solo show. DAAD Galerie, Berlin, DE
- A Complete Guide to Rewriting Your History Sparwasser. Berlin, DE
- Radicales Libres Central de Arte WTC. Guadalajara, MEX
- Nine Points of the Law NGBK. Berlin, DE
- Emoção Art.ificial Itaú Cultural. Sao Paulo, BR
- ID Troubles-SHAKE Halle für Kunst. Lüneburg, DE
- On Reason and Emotion Biennale Of Sydney. AU
- LAB Kröller-Müller Museum. Otterlo, NL
- Detox National Touring Exhibitions 2004-2005 NO

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More informations about the artist :
www.irational.org/minerva/resume

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