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Teresa Margolles
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Edited by: Udo Kittelmann, Klaus Görner
German, English, Spanish
June 2004 , 276 Pages
243mm x 175mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1473-0
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Teresa Margolles explores the central yet often avoided theme of death in her strangely fascinating works and series: "I try to give the dead a voice - their own voice-again."
The work of Mexican artist Teresa Margolles (born in 1963) revolves around what is perhaps the last great taboo theme of our time: death. She is not interested in folklore and ritual but in the palpable reality of the corpse. "What does a corpse have to go through?" asks Margolles, who is also a forensic medical assistant and scholar in the field of communications. Employing a minimalist aesthetic, she transforms extinguished life, making it perceptible through artistic intervention and thus rescuing "her" decedents from anonymous oblivion. This first publication devoted to the art of Teresa Margolles presents a discussion of its position in art history by Gabriela Jauregui, concluding remarks by the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, and a literary text by the Mexican killer-novel author Elmer Mendoza. His short crime story written in experimental prose offers impressions of life in Culiacán, one of the bastions of the narcotics business in Mexico. Exhibition schedule: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, April 24 - August 15, 2004
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