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SELECTED WORKS BY Alida Cervantes

Horizonte En Cálma
Alida Cervantes
Horizonte En Cálma

2011

Oil on wood panel

152.4 x 213.4 cm
Alida Cervantes’ paintings reimagine the perceived boundaries upon which social, economic, and political conditions remain contingent. Raised in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, the artist’s home environment instilled from an early age a sense of Mexico’s hierarchical binaries of race, class and culture. Cervantes’ vivid historical paintings mask a reality in which social and political disparities play out on two levels, both within the intimate social structures of the artist’s home life and in the actuality of the political border that constitutes an impenetrable threshold for many Mexican citizens. The city of Tijuana provides the springboard into a painterly investigation of the actions, relationships and perceptions of Mexico’s cross-cultural and multi-ethnic society.
El Pretendiente
Alida Cervantes
El Pretendiente

2010

Oil on wood panel

152.4 x 213.4 cm
In her series of paintings inspired by Mexico’s casta paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Cervantes’ imagines the Spanish colonial caste system in Mexico with its strict racial taxonomies and hierarchies. Her engagement with this distinct racial make-up invites the viewer to re-imagine colonial experience by emphasising the deliberate erasure of black bodies from history. Spain’s conquest and subsequent colonisation of Mexico is animated by an overt vulgarity (Matadora, 2011), while other paintings skew representations to complicate classical and abstract formations. The unfolding narrative of domination, subjugation, and submission between individuals plays out through a range of figurative scenarios tainted by sex and violence. Scenes of male castration and bloody revenge that typify the artist’s tongue-in-cheek approach to painting (Horizonte En Calma, 2011) reveal the politics of Mexico’s increasingly hybridised identities.
Matadora
Alida Cervantes
Matadora

2011

Oil on wood panel

152.4 x 213.4 cm
Cervantes’ work explores the intricacy and intimacy of power using painterly devises to create works of semi-narrative that address age-old dynamics of dominance and submission, an uncomfortable yet inescapable part of human nature. Thus, Cervantes’ paintings adopt a strongly Mexican cultural discourse, as they are implicated within wider narratives of colonial and post-colonial representation. Images of secrecy and intrigue, transgression and subversion, as they exist in the artist’s imagination become sites for the enactment of momentary impulses and sexualised desires. The collision of Catholic, indigenous, and African religious aspects is apparent through expressions of sin, guilt and sacrifice, as they might have been performed in some fantastical place. Cervantes paintings playfully attempt to re-root individuals in an alternative reality, fragmentary characters are imbued with meaningful agency as they revolt against a grand narrative.
Mamá
Alida Cervantes
Mamá

2010

Oil on wood panel

152.4 x 213.4 cm
© Osei Bonsu, 2014

Alida Cervantes's BIOGRAPHY

Alida Cervantes
Born in 1972, San Diego, CA
Lives and works in Tijuana, Mexico



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
GRANT- 2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Fellowship

2013
Historia de una relacion amorosa, Marcuse Gallery UCSD, La Jolla, Ca.

2011
Los Más Bárbaros, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2007
About Me, Athenaeum, La Jolla Ca


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Occupy Thirdspace, Space for Art, San Diego, Ca.

2013
SUR Biennial, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Ca.
The Very Large Array, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Ca.
Incomplete Survey, Space for Art, San Diego, Ca.

2012
YOU: Investigating Identity, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego, Ca

2011
Obra negra, El Cubo, Tijuana, Mexico
Vantage Point: Visual Dialogues, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego, Ca

2010
Chewbacca to Zapata: Revisiting the Myth of the Mexican Revolution, Morono
Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles
Salon Summer Series, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

2009
Homing In, Mark Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA

2008
Who Do You Love? L Street Gallery, Dan Diego, CA

2007
Viva Mexico, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
People, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
New Contemporaries, Simay Space, San Diego, CA
Bineal Of Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico

2006
Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The Cultural Institute Of Mexico, Washington DC, The Santa Monica Museum Of Art

2005
Bineal of Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico
Tijuna en Terciopelo, Instituto Cultural de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico
las Muertas de Juarez, Instituto Cultural de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico