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Teresa Margolles – Solo Exhibition

20 April – 30 June 2012
Glasgow Sculpture Studios

On the 20 April 2012 Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) will inaugurate the Public Programme at its new permanent home, The Whisky Bond by premiering a major new body of work by Teresa Margolles (b. 1963 Culiacán, Mexico) that has been created during a 5-month Production Residency, when she lived and worked in Glasgow.

Margolles’ recent work has been made exclusively for the new GSS galleries and is co-commissioned with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 20 April – 07 May 2012. It will also feature during Glasgow Science Festival 05-17 June 2012. This is her first residency in the United Kingdom, and solo exhibition in Scotland.

For the past two decades, Margolles has worked directly with the remains of bodies as well as with the traces of life, shrouds, burial and memory, and with the way a violent act shatters human networks and affects them on various levels.

Throughout her residency, Margolles has been working with a photographic archive by living photographer Luis Alvarado, which she recovered. The archive includes more than 4,000 images taken in the seventies and eighties in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a place known for being one of the murder capitals of the world. Margolles has scanned, catalogued and analysed the negatives in order to—in her own words—“look at the past as a way of understanding the future.”

In parallel, Margolles’ initial site visit to Glasgow coincided with the civil riots in England. Margolles travelled to Croydon, London to document the aftermath. The photographic records and debris collected from the streets will form the basis of new work.

Margolles’ Public Programme begins with a free public lecture as part of The Glasgow School of Art’s prestigious Friday Event Lecture Series, organised by The GSA’s School of Fine Art which will take place at 11am on the 16 March 2012 at Glasgow Film Theatre. The event is free and will be conducted in Spanish & English. See This lecture will provide an insight into the extensive practice, and development of Teresa Margolles’ work over the past 16 years, as well as comment on her 5-month residency in Glasgow.

Margolles is currently shortlisted for the 2012 Artes Mundi 5 Exhibition and Prize. Forthcoming presentations include the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and Track launched by the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in the city of Ghent.

Margolles’ recent work is part of GSS’ critically acclaimed public programme that includes production and research residencies, curated exhibitions of new work, talks, symposia, off-site and artist-led projects and events, alongside professional development, education and community engagement programmes. This programme is curated by Amy Sales, Head of Programme.

The Whisky Bond is a new venue in Glasgow, Scotland, located at Speirs Locks on the Forth & Clyde Canal. The 100,000 sq ft building is enabling GSS to expand and enhance their research, production, presentation and education facilities, making GSS and The Whisky Bond a vital destination for all who wish to experience contemporary art, design and culture.

If you wish to find out more about the above, please contact Louise Briggs, Programme Co-ordinator via

Practical Info
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
At The Whisky Bond
Dawson Road G4 9SS
11am – 5pm daily

Glasgow Science Festival
05 – 17 de June, 2012
11am – 5pm daily

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