Artist: Cintia Segovia Figueroa
Exhibition: Mexico Already Changed
Media: Videos, Robot
Gallery: CSULB SOA Max L. Gator Gallery East
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For this week’s Artist Conversation, I chose Cintia Segovia Figueroa. She was born in Mexico City, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Currently, she’s a MFA student at California State University of Long Beach. She is also a lecturer for the Art Department at California State University of Northridge, and teaches for Artworx LA, Hollywood Heart, and many other non-profit organizations that help teenagers and underprivileged populations.
In Cintia’s piece, she portrays two forms of culture and how they differ from each other. She tells a story about her experiences as an immigrant moving to the United States, a country that closely ties to her own and has almost no differences. She noted that there are different forms of people as well,those that actually w0rk hard for their money and those that inherit money and feel they’re on top of the world. Her main point to all of this is that Mexico HAS changed, and that there is a division between men and women.
Cinthia used her video, as well as the robot, and past experiences to deliver a message that reflects an overstated version of the “political agenda of part of Mexican society.” The robot was moving around the room, and roams the gallery questioning the identities of individuals in it. It mimics that government of the United States, as someone crosses the border how you get asked so many questions.
I can relate to Cinthia’s piece because as an immigrant I know how it feels every time I have crossed the border to come back to my residence. What is known as “La Migra”, asks millions of questions when you cross the border; where are your coming from, do you have your visa, your passport, etc. Even though I have my paper work in order, they still question me coming back because I still have my “nopal en la frente” meaning even though I moved to the United States, you can still tell I’m Mexican.