Artist: Cintia Segovia Figueroa
Exhibition: “Mexico Already Changed”
Gallery: Max L. Gatov, Gallery East
About the Artist and her Art:
Cintia Segovia Figueroa is an artist whose work(s) stood out from among the other works of art and their respective creators. You walk into Max Gatov’s gallery and you don’t see a painting or a sculpture, but instead a video is playing on a wall. In it, Cintia is talking to the camera as she presents numerous commentary and quips about her country, Mexico, and its state of affairs. The video itself is very documentary-like, and does not make an attempt to feel more ‘cinematic.’ Cintia speaks in her native language, Spanish, as anyone speaking on a news channel there would. Now while some of the content is spoken only in Spanish with no translation, some English is offered, specifically if she wants to emphasize a word or phrase.
Having spoken and hearing Cintia discuss what inspired her to make the video (and later on, I would find out, the robot), Cintia is clearly very passionate about her background and people. As a student who moved in to California to attend CSULB, she has not forgotten where she’s come from. In our conversation, I also learned that Cintia has had her work shown in other exhibitions, such as the Museum of Latin American Art, which was her first time doing so (her work of art was called S/election).
She utilizes her background in photography, having started out taking pictures with black and white negative in Mexico as well as her experience in video production, to try to reach out to an audience and communicate a message based on real life facts/events. For instance, with the current issue surrounding immigration, Cintia had the robot she made ask questions one would have to deal with when taking an immigration test in the U.S. This kind of art is not only a creative and unique approach to what would be considered social commentary, but it is also an effective way of doing just that. Other forms of art, such as paintings and films, can be a medium for this kind of commentary, but Cintia uses the robot to make to communicate to us in a much more personal, direct way.
I am continually impressed by what Cintia and the other artists at CSULB’s Art program manage to create. It is, to say the least, impressive and I cannot wait to see more!