Artist: Cintia Segovia Figueroa
Exhibition: Mexico Already Changed
Media: Videos, Robot
Gallery: CSULB SOA Max L. Gator Gallery East
For this week’s Artist Conversation, I met Cintia Segovia Figueroa, a young and strong artist aspiring for a change in her country’s culture. Cintia is a MFA student attending California State University Long Beach, while being a lecturer at California State University Northridge in the department of Arts. Cintia lived the majority of her life in Mexico City, Mexico, before attending Tech de Monterrey to pursue her undergraduate coursework as a Mass Communication major, and finally moving to the United States five years ago to pursue her educational dream career as an Art major.
Mrs. Segovia’s display entitled, “Mexico Already Changed,” depicts the two different cultures found in Mexico. She describes these two cultures by using one creative word, “classacism.” She believes that “classacism” is another way of racism in Mexico. She noticed that there are two types of people living in Mexico; those whom inherit money and feel economically superior from others, and those who receive their money through labor work and feel superior because they work harder.
Cintia went on to state that while politics continue to say that Mexico has already changed, she continues to argue that it really hasn’t. She says gender situation is very bad as they prefer women over men in many jobs that have to do with television, and they prefer men over women in many architectural or engineering professions. She hopes that with her work, people will be able to see the problems that Mexico is facing with these two type of cultures. She says it’s not a united nation, and the government does not do anything to address her concerns.
Cintia’s work is very inspiring. She is speaking for many people that are looking for justice in Mexico. Her video represents the two cultures insulting one another, something that she is hoping to end one day. One of the things that intrigues me the most was her robot car that she had automatically driving around. Although her main focus was on the cultural aspect, she brought this robot car that asks her five to ten immigration questions. She is soon to become a U.S. Citizen, something that is very motivating. Overall, this was a great experience getting to know Cintia and her political views towards a country that many people, including myself, love and would like to see it progress.