Yvette Mayorga

January 18, 2017

 

Informed by the politics of the border, the events that happen on it and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it, Yvette tackles issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes using the visual tropes of celebration. Her project Borderland Series (2014-16) employs confection, industrial materials, and the American board game, Candy Land as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The spaces in the “Candy Lands” of her work relate to immigrant’s Utopian visions of the American Dream. Candy Land signifies an America filled with the possibility of happiness in contrast to Mexico. The monuments and towers, built from accumulated candy, frosting, and found objects exemplify the excess associated with the American Dream. They stand as living shrines to real life individuals, such as individuals who died at the border, family members who have crossed the border, in conjunction with Mexican American icons like, Selena Quintanilla, to further complicate the transnational narratives of Mexican Americans in relation to the border.

 

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