Jennifer Garza-Cuen is an artist concerned with the complex weave of social structures, with groups and sub-groups and the continued impulse to categorize and define.Working in a constructed-documentary style she explores ideas of cultural memory and inheritance through the revision, reenactment and recounting of myths. With a basis in the tradition of social commentary, Garza-Cuen creates histo-cinematic narrative re-tellings more focused on posing questions or setting the scene in which questions will naturally form than coming to conclusions or providing answers.
Said Jennifer: “Detroit is the second location in a series of investigations into ideas of place as a defining force in our society. I am particularly interested in Detroit because it is a place that has experienced an active form of extreme erasure, of transience and of loss that has embedded itself on the psyche of those that live there and those that pass through. Decadence and erasure evokes a very specific pathos and Detroit’s has reverberated around the globe as a kind of symbolic foreshadowing of the imminent end of American Empire.”