The works on view in Space in Between are fabric forms, created from border patrol uniforms, that resemble desert plants and incorporate stories—stitched into the material itself—of the Latin Americans crossing the U.S. border. The sculptures have been created using traditional sewing and embroidery techniques from Hidalgo, Mexico, which employ colorful narrative traditions reflecting popular culture, traditional rituals, and myths of the Otomi indigenous communities. Immigrant workers relay their own personal border-crossing experiences with this technique. The project is a collaboration between artist Margarita Cabrera, the Arizona State University Art Museum, and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and grew up in Mexico City, Salt Lake City, and El Paso, Texas. She received an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. She is an assistant professor of art at Arizona State University in Tempe.
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