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  • “Teresa Margolles: Mundos”

    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
    185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
    February 16 - May 14

    Curated by John Zeppetelli and Emeren García

    Death is Teresa Margolles’s medium. For more than thirty years, the Mexican artist has turned the endemic violence of her home country into fodder for her installations and performative interventions. Who can forget her Mexican pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, where visitors who innocently walked onto the wet floor of the crumbling palazzo were faced with the realization (evidenced by the grimy streaks that increasingly marred the continuously washed floor) that the rags used to mop it had been soaked with blood from Sinaloan drug-trade killings? Or the 1999 sculpture Entierro (Burial), a cement block that serves as a transportable grave for the stillborn fetus it contains? Margolles’s spare, elegant work’s power lies in how her peculiar brand of morbid minimalism makes us look differently at death and authority. Don’t miss this subversive and ferociously interesting artist’s first Canadian solo show, which brings together works from the past decade along with several new pieces.