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Zurich

Teresa Margolles

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
May 24 - August 17

Curated by Raphael Gygax

Octavio Paz once wrote that Mexicans treat death as their favorite toy, but his words preceded the drug wars that ripped his country apart. Although Mexican society has suffered more than one hundred thousand violent deaths in the past decade, few artists there have ventured to comment. Teresa Margolles stands apart, having pursued the subject of death for twenty-five years. She has turned bloody sheets used to retrieve murder victims into paintings, entombed a stillborn fetus in cement, filled galleries with steam made from water used to wash corpses, and provided coffins for families who could not afford burials in exchange for body parts from the deceased, which she then transformed into sculptures. With this exhibition, Margolles presents several new pieces that reflect her emotionally riveting, visually minimal method of making art speak of the unspeakable.