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MOCA Focus: Ana Segovia

Ana Segovia, I’ve been meaning to tell you #3, 2023. Oil on linen, 23 1/4 x 75 5/8 in. (59 x 192 cm). Courtesy of Jumex Collection.

MOCA Focus: Ana Segovia

In his luscious paintings, Ana Segovia (b. 1991, Mexico City, where he lives) twists assumptions of masculinity through a queer lens. Working with an aggressive palette of neon colors, daring compositions, and cinematographic framing and cropping, Segovia undermines the gendered basis of Mexican national identity built around male stereotypes standardized by film.

The artist often develops specific display strategies for his paintings, borrowing from the language of installation, theater, dance, and video art to effectively situate them in the exhibition space. MOCA Focus: Ana Segovia will feature a new painting commissioned for the exhibition plus two recent bodies of work, including I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (2023), a suite of eight paintings depicting film stills from a non-existent queer film the artist wished to have seen in his formative years. This presentation will be the second MOCA Focus exhibition since the relaunch of the series in 2023. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. Publication support is provided by the Nimoy Fund for Emerging Artists.

MOCA Focus: Ana Segovia is organized by Jose Luis Blondet, Senior Curator, with Anastasia Kahn, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with generous funding provided by Jordan S. Goodman + The Goodman Family Foundation, The Earl and Shirley Greif Foundation, and Pamela West.

Publication support is provided by the Nimoy Fund for Emerging Artists.