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Teresa Margolles

Galerie Peter Kilchmann

The Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, who trained in forensic medicine, recounts facts that are not exactly easy to digest. On the one hand, she takes as her theme the escalating criminality and extremely high murder rate in Mexico; on the other, the sociopolitical problems that accompany the massive body count. Many of the victims do not receive proper funerals and are consigned to the anonymity of mass graves, either because they are unidentifiable or because their families cannot afford the expense. What is difficult for many viewers to bear about Margolles’s creations is the drastic nature of her artistic approach, drawing attention to the political conditions in which the violence occurs and the desensitization that results from self-perpetuating media portrayals. At the same time, she confronts us with the horror of the corpse’s decay and its by-products, whose substantive traces

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