Margarita Cabrera, Craft of Resistance (detail), 2008. 1,500 copper butterflies. Dimensions variable. © Margarita Cabrera, courtesy Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas. Linda Pace Foundation Collection, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas. Image by Colin Conces, courtesy Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.
Margarita Cabrera is a Mexican-American artist, activist and organizer whose objects and activities address timely issues related to border relations, labor practices and immigration. Turning crafts and their manufacture into the vehicle for socio-political consideration, she questions con-temporary applications of post-NAFTA Latin American labor. Drawing upon local communities, Cabrera orchestrates the manufacture of soft, vinyl sculptures resembling backpacks, bicycles, potted plants, domestic appliances, pianos, and full-sized automobiles.
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