Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas questions and undermines social and political systems via a practice that is often facilitated or extended through those engaging with her works.
Her Mejor Vida Corp. (Better Life Corporation) is an internet-based project distributing materials such as barcode stickers to enable the purchase of cheaper products, facsimile tickets for use on the Mexico City subway, stamped envelopes and student ID cards.
In 2002, Cuevas applied labels depicting the logos of leading petroleum companies to bumper cars in a Mexican attraction park.
Operated by fair-goers unaware of their role in the intervention, the usual jostling and bumping symbolised the oil companies' competitive struggle for dwindling fuel resources. Further irony was added by the fact that the cars themselves were electrically powered.