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Betsabeé Romero, b.1963


For Romero, culture is always in transit and she explores the identity and traditions that Mexican immigrants carry with them in journeys to the United States, often using cars and car parts as symbolic of this movement. In the work Geografias (2017), mirrored discs point to ideas of revelation and reflection. As with her other works, it acts as a window to the past and a safeguard of memory against time and movement. While these journeys inform her work directly, she is interested in broader ideas around migration related to the human condition. Romero’s work is “A fusion made of acceptance and resistance, contribution and recycling. Endless movement in our culture of colonisation.”

Medium7 convex safety mirrors with vinyl
Dimensions Object size, 42.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4168
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Betsabeé Romero, Geografias, 2017, 7 convex safety mirrors with vinyl, Object size, 42.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Betsabeé Romero b.1963

Betsabeé Romero studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She lives and works in Mexico City. Romero draws on elements of popular culture and the traditions of Mexican art in her homeland and her practice is concerned with themes of memory, identity and human migration. Romero has received many international awards, including First Prize at the Cairo Biennial in 2006, and her work has been exhibited worldwide at institutions such as the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Museo del Barrio in New York. Her work is represented in the Daros Collection, Switzerland, LACMA Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art of Houston among others. 
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