Minerva Cuevas

Artist who creates work characterised by socially engaged and site-specific actions that take place in a range of settings

Minerva Cuevas

Minerva Cuevas became involved with Cape Farewell as an invited participant of the Carbon 14 workshop in November 2011. For Cape Farewell’s Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition at the ROM, she located the production of her research and new screen-based work, A Draught of the Blue, in Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, an area that is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system (the second largest barrier reef in the world and unique in the western hemisphere in size and diversity of coral and related species). In this work – an underwater demonstration documented in video – Cuevas explores the mutually reinforcing relationship between poverty and marginalization and the potential to adapt to and /or indeed make the necessary adjustments to combat climate change.


Minerva Cuevas is a Mexican artist who works across a variety of media including video, installation, and communication technologies. Her socially engaged and site-specific works give insight into the complexities of the economic and political organization of the public sphere and the gaps in its structure. Her work has been extensively exhibited internationally.

Internationally recognized, Minerva has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de la Ciudad de México (2012), Van Abbemuseum (Netherlands 2008), Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland 2007), Vienna Secession (Austria 2001) and has taken part in exhibitions at, amongst others, Centre Pompidou (Paris 2010), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2010), Berlin Biennial (2010), Redcat (Los Angeles 2006), São Paulo Biennial (2006), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam 2005), Palais de Tokyo (Paris 2003), PS1 (New York 2002). She was granted the DAAD residency (Berlin 2004).

A Draught of the Blue – Minerva Cuevas
Carbon 14: Climate is Culture

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