Here & Now - Claudia Jimenez Chagoya

Date: Apr 16, 2024

About the artwork

This Dama Charra represents the typical attire known as “Gran Gala” (Grand Gala), characterized by the fine and ornate traditional garments. In the competitive Charreria events, there are nine activities for men and just one for women.

This artwork is included in the Here & Now exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum until September 29, 2024. Learn more about the exhibition.

The AFA acquired this artwork through its Art Acquisition by Application program in 2023. This program is designed to acquire contemporary works of art by any eligible Alberta artist.

Artist statement

The following is an excerpt of Claudia Jimenez Chagoya's artist statement. Read the full statement

Damas Charras is a body of work that represents the cow folk culture in Mexico called Charrería and focuses specifically on women horse riders. The sculptures explore the rich traditions and guidelines that the Damas Charras need to follow for official social events, as well as executing tricks on horses during competitions. This series aims to showcase and elevate the role of these female figures in a male dominated environment.

About the artist

Claudia Chagoya is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and based in Calgary, Canada. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Calgary, and a BFA from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  

Go to the exhibition