Artist: Cintia Segovia Figueroa
Exhibition: Mexico Already Changed
Media: Film, Robot, Installation, Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
This week I talked to Cintia Segovia Figueroa, a Mexican national currently studying at CSULB. Figueroa is pursuing an MFA degree at CSULB and is also a lecturer at Cal State Northridge in the department of Arts. Cintia attended Tech de Monterrey and achieved a degree in mass communication. After Tech de Monterrey, she worked in the television industry up until five years ago when she came to the United States to study Art, specifically photography.
Cintia Segovia Figueroa’s piece on display, titled Mexico Already Changed, contains a video in which Cintia is playing the role of a Mexican Newscaster and a wealthy Mexican women. In the video Cintia expresses the opinions of both the newscaster and the rich women in order to convey the issue of classism in Mexico. There is also a robot circling the room and playing questions that are asked at the U.S.- Mexican border. In the video Figueroa shows how the elite in Mexico find themselves to be superior to the common people.
Mexico Already Changed seeks to describe the climate of classes in Mexico. Talking with Cintia, she said that the issue of classism in Mexico is comparable to racism in the United States. She went on to say that in Mexico there is not much class mobility, Mexicans are either born into wealth or must have connections to powerful people in order to obtain wealth. Also, the talking robot points out some of the archaic questions used to filter immigrants coming into the U.S. The title of her work, points out that although the Mexican government says that Mexico has already changed, Cintia does not think it has changed because there is still a major issue of classism.
Cintia’s piece Mexico Already Changed is a nice change of pace because it explores Mexican politics although she is currently living in the United States. I liked her work because it brought awareness to the political climate in Mexico, which is a topic not often explored in the U.S. Her work allowed me to draw parallels between racism in America and classism in Mexico. Cintia Segovia Figueroa’s work is inspirational because she is currently in the application process of becoming a U.S. citizen but Mexico Already Changed shows she hasn’t forgot where she came from.