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press: ‘i tend to avoid moral statements’: the mexican artist looking at oil, wealth and history

Taking in Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas’s exhibition in gods we trust is like feeling your way through bits and pieces of enormous counter-narratives that retell hundreds of years of Mexican history. Like the proverbial tip of the iceberg, the offerings that Cuevas gives audiences feel so suggestive of so much more, and everything in the show seems to fit together in some unbelievably complicated way. Juxtaposing elements from ancient Indigenous cultures with 20th-century advertisements by oil conglomerates, and appropriating imagery from Mexico’s most lionized and institutionalized artists, the show pushes audiences to see beneath the surface and connect the dots.