Mauricio Esquivel

Mauricio Esquivel (El Salvador, 1983) uses socio-political implications of the context.  

Esquivel uses coins to explore social themes such as migration, violence, war, displacement, freedom and hope. As a symbol of strength, in “Displacement line” eagles are arranged to depict a map of South and Central America breaking up into the United States over a blue ocean-color wall.  On one hand the eagles are set free from their casing and on the other hand their removal renders the coins useless and therefore valueless, shedding a satirical light on the notions of exchange.

Forced displacement is a phenomenon that is growing and is affecting the entire world. With this site-specific installation, Mauricio shows the sadness of the displacement, but also through its beauty gives us the feeling of hope and freedom.