516 ARTS presents Minerva Cuevas: MIGRATORY, created by Mexico City artist Minerva Cuevas as part of her “International Understanding Foundation,” a conceptual structure highlighting solidarity networks and environments in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Cuevas is a conceptual and socially-engaged artist who develops projects in response to politically-charged events. Her research-based projects are guided by social and political research and social change ideals.
The artworks in the exhibition are created by multiple artists in collaboration with Cuevas, bringing together temporary murals in the gallery, prints, video, glass, and the Migratory Yellow Pages / La Seccíon Amarilla de la Migracíon. This book provides information for migrants to have a welcoming transit, and is comprised of contributions from local and international visual artists, writers, and organizations. From poetry and visual art to practical resources, the book is meant to be a welcoming handbook and cultural resource for asylum seekers. Through memory and imagination, all of the works in the exhibition reflect on experiences of the militarized border zone.
The exhibition and accompanying publication were developed by the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas, El Paso (a partner in Desierto Mountain Time, a regional collaboration spearheaded by 516 ARTS), with the El Paso-based nonprofit Azul Arena.