Teresa Margolles

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Teresa Margolles
Born Teresa Margolles
1963
Culiacán
Nationality Mexican
Known for Photography
Videography
Performance art
Conceptual art
Awards Prince Claus Award (2012)
Artes Mundi (2012)

Teresa Margolles (born 1963) is a Mexican conceptual artist, photographer, videographer and performance artist. As an artist she researches the social causes and consequences of death.[1]

Life[edit]

Margolles was born in Culiacán, Mexico in 1963. She originally trained as a forensic pathologist, and holds diplomas in science of communication and forensic medicine from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, as well as studying art at the Direccion de Fomento a la Cultura Regional del Estado de Sinaloa, Culiacan, Mexico.

For her the morgue reflects society, particularly Mexican urban experience, where drug-related crime, poverty, political upheaval, and military action have resulted in violence and death;

"The work of Teresa Margolles has always taken the human body and its liquid components as protagonists; they serve as vehicles for a relentless indictment of the growing violence in the world at large and in her own native country in particular, namely Mexico."[2] Letizia Ragaglia, 2011

"When I was working with SEMEFO I was very interested in what was happening inside the morgue and the situations that were occurring, let's say, a few meters outside the morgue, among family members and relatives. But Mexico has changed so violently that it's no longer possible to describe what's happening outside from within the morgue. The pain, loss and emptiness are now found in the streets."[3] Teresa Margolles 2009

In 1990, Margolles founded an artists' collective titled SEMEFO, which is an anagram for the Mexican coroner's office.[4] Other core members of SEMEFO included Arturo Angulo and Carlos Lopez, yet the group had a loose membership.[4] Through performance and installation-based work, SEMEFO commented on social violence and death in Mexico. Margolles left SEMEFO in the late 1990s.[5] Since then her independent art practice continues to explore themes of death, violence and exclusion, specifically using forensic material and human remains.[6] She uses materials retrieved from the morgue where she has her studio,[7] such as the water used to wash corpses, which she uses as the foundation for her work;

"The water comes from Mexico City’s morgue. It’s water used to wash the bodies of murder victims."[7] Teresea Margolles, 2006

In 2012 she was honored with a Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands[1] and the 5th Artes Mundi prize for international contemporary art.[8] She exhibits worldwide and has two works in the Tate collection; Flag I,[9] a version of a work shown at the Vennice Bienniale 2009 when Margolles represented Mexico, and 37 Bodies,[10] which memorialises Mexican murder victims with short pieces of surgical thread knotted together to form a single line.[9]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Kittelmann, Udo & Klaus Görner (2004) Teresa Margolles. Muerte sin fin, Ostfildern-Ruit, ISBN 978-3-7757-1473-0 (in Spanish)
  • Margolles, Teresa (2011) Margolles, Teresa. Frontera, Walther König, Cologne, ISBN 978-3-86560-976-2 (in Spanish)
  • Downey, Anthony (2009) "127 Cuerpos: Teresa Margolles and the Aesthetics of Commemoration", Lund Humphries, London, ISBN 978-1-84822-016-4
  • Scott Bray, R (2007) "En piel ajena: The work of Teresa Margolles" Law Text Cutlure 11(1), pgs. 13-50, URL: http://ro.uow.edu.au/ltc/vol11/iss1/2/
  • Downey, Anthony (2012) "In the Event of Death: Teresa Margolles and the Life of the Corpse", in Artes Mundi 5, pp. 62–66
  • Heartney, Eleanor; Posner; Princenthal; Scott (2013) The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millenium, published by Prestel Verlag, pp. 206 – 213, [[ISBN Number|ISBN 978-3-7913-4759-2]]

References[edit]

Das Kunstmagazin (September 2006) Reste des Lebens,

  1. ^ a b Prince Claus Fund (June 2012) Report from the 2012 Prince Claus Awards Committee
  2. ^ Wolfs, Rein; Ragaglia, Letizia (2011). Frontera, Teresa Margolles. Koln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig. ISBN 978-3-865-60976-2. 
  3. ^ Medina, Cuauhtemoc (2009). What Else Could We Talk About?. Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. p. 85. ISBN 978-84-92480-66-1. 
  4. ^ a b Scott Bray, R (2007). "En piel ajena: The work of Teresa Margolles". Law Text Culture. 11 (1): 17. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Roca, José (October 2012). "Flag I, Teresa Margolles". Tate. 
  6. ^ Scott Bray, R (2007). "En piel ajena: The work of Teresa Margolles". Law Text Culture. 11 (1): 26–27. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Teresa Margolles, Liverpool Biennial 2006". Tate. 
  8. ^ "Artes Mundi 5 Shortlist & Winners". Artes Mundi. 
  9. ^ a b "Flag I, Teresa Margolles". Tate. 
  10. ^ "37 Bodies, Teresa Margolles". Tate.