The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present The Politics of Desire, a solo exhibition featuring BOLT Resident Yvette Mayorga.
The Politics of Desire presents an uncanny utopian vision of the American Dream gone awry. Intertwined between signifiers of immigrant rituals of celebration—festive ornamentation, confection, accumulated candy, frosting, and found objects—the traumatic realities of the immigrant experience after crossing the U.S./Mexico border subtly begin to emerge. Vibrant fantasies of familial domestic interiors and savory sculptures of cake frosting are ironically juxtaposed against violent undertones of race relations on borderlands. Mayorga’s work boldly confronts the paradoxes of the American Dream—state-sanctioned violence, the American body politic, home invasion, and the fragility of immigrant citizenship.
Her immersive installations are a sensory experience that offer an accessible platform to discuss issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes. Through an ironic strategy that critiques the insatiable desires of capitalist society, she invites viewers to enter a dream-like state—where the past, present, and future converge into one continuum of memory.
Written by Sabrina Greig
Yvette Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She uses 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 utopian visions of the American Dream. The smell, decoration, and personal photographs in work serve to critique the glut of violence at the border.
Mayorga has presented her work at The Vincent Price Art Museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Valley State University, and forthcoming at Gallery 400, The Arts Incubator, and Roots and Culture.
Mayorga received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was featured in The Guardian, The Inter University Program for Latino Research, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art News, and REMEZCLA.