Angelica Muro

Angelica Muro, CSU Monterey Bay

Agriculture Workers in Gucci from Agricultural Workers series, 2010
mixed media on pigment print

Narco Queen from Narco-Language series, 2015
mixed media on pigment print

Narco Queen from Narco-Language series, 2015
mixed media on pigment print

Angelica Muro uses artistic tactics such as irony and provocative, destabilizing elements to explore class and cultural identity in her work. Her art examines, and also exploits, the tensions between race, class, and gender; the complexities of diasporic culture; and the realities of immigrant life in contemporary American culture. Muro’s Agricultural Workers series examines agribusiness’ exploitation of farm workers through its unsafe pesticide handling policies and practices. Jarringly juxtaposing visual elements such as designer logos and stereotyped cartoon figures of farm workers taken from an official Environmental Protection Agency pamphlet, these works consider the profound equity gaps these workers face.  In the series Narco-Language, Muro examines the proliferation of drug cartel language and imagery as a part of cultural identity and popular culture. The photographs in the series present the term "narco" as untidily scattered and tossed through everyday language, a condition which both normalizes and amplifies the visual culture of drug cartels and drug violence.