Zurich

Teresa Margollese

Galerie Peter Kilchmann

Entering the gallery, one found the climate of the building on Limmatstrasse drastically different from what one would expect: Through a pair of humidifiers, water used to wash the bodies of corpses in Mexico’s metropolis was being atomized into superfine particles. The rinse water of the anonymous dead settled on the skin of the living and penetrated them when breathed in. More than just the humidity level was being altered. Unsettling social realities, normally excluded from the world of art, were permeating the atmosphere, hardly noticeable but nonetheless powerfully present. A work similar to this one had been shown at P.S. 1 in 2002. Vaporización, 2001, was a fog room with a strong visual presence, which in the Zurich piece, El agua de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City’s Water), 2002, was reduced to pure humidity—only to spark the imagination even further. Ultimately it wasn’t revulsion

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