Margarita Cabrera creates sculptures made out of a variety of mediums ranging from steel, copper, wood, ceramics, and fabric that center on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. A number of Cabrera’s collaborative projects serve as active investigations into the creation of just working conditions and the protection of immigrant rights with an emphasis on establishing social consciousness.
In recent years, Cabrera has focused on community art collaborations, producing work that has engaged international and local communities. With these works, she creates art pieces that serve as cultural and historical artifacts that value and document the experiences, struggles, and achievements of those who have found their way, often through migration and exceptional sacrifice, to new places where they now work to contribute meaningfully within their communities.
Cabrera is an assistant professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her most recent exhibitions include Space in Between at the Desert Botanical Garden and Our America: The Latino Presence in America at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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