Margarita Cabrera’s work examines the social implications of Mexico’s export-oriented economy—expressing the political impotence that informs US-Mexico border relations through sculptural representations of the physical and mental struggles of countless immigrants. Recent work confronts issues surrounding the rise of Mexican manufacturing facilities called maquiladoras and the corresponding decline in traditional craft making in Mexico.
Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She has had solo exhibitions at Finesilver Gallery Houston, TX (2007); Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007); Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY (2006, 03); and Women and Their Work, Austin, TX (2004). Upcoming and recent group exhibitions include Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (2008); Car Culture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ (2008); Arthouse Texas Prize 2007, Arthouse, Austin, TX; Nexus Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2007); and Sonatube, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA.