Monterrey, Mexico, b. 1973
Margarita Cabrera received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Cabrera is an assistant professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her most recent institutional exhibitions include: Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between, Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp at the New Orleans “Prospect 4” and The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility at Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum.
Her work has been included in survey’s organized by, amongst others, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; McNay Museum San Antonio; the Sweeney Art Center for Contemporary Art at the University of California, Riverside, and El Museo del Barrio, NYC.
In 2012 she was a recipient of the Knight Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC. Cabrera was also a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and an Artpace, San Antonio Artist in Residence in 2008. Currently, she is working in a public art piece Árbol de la Vida: Voces de la Tierra in San Antonio, Texas.
Cabrera’s work centers on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. She has worked on a number of collaborative projects at the intersection of contemporary art practices, indigenous Mexican folk art and craft traditions, and US-Mexico relations. In addition to studying and preserving endangered cultural and craft traditions, these projects have served as active investigations into the creation of just working conditions and the protection of immigrant rights.