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El Testigo – Teresa Margolles

18.02 – 25.05 / 2014
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid

Curator : María Inés Rodriguez

Teresa Margolles (Culiacan, Mexico, 1963) focuses on the Mexican social and political context, and how these determine ourselves. Margolles explores through her work the social injustice and the repression generated by the drug trade in her country.

CA2M show includes Margolles´s last year project, La Promesa –The promise-, which poetically but contundent way reflects about those personal and collective unmet happiness expectations. The perpetrated violence in Ciudad Juarez during the last decade has led to entire inhabited neighborhoods, neighborhoods built with detached houses promising a happy life in a booming community. However, reality itself twisted those dreams. La Promesa presents the ruins of a house in the shape of a rebuilt wall by the artist, an intense presence, that along the exhibition, will blur away until total disappearance.

Most outstanding Mexican artist of her generation, Teresa Margolles´s work has been displayed in solo exhibition in venues such as Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main,  Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Frac de Lorraine or at Kunstmuseum in Berna. In 2009 Margolles represented Mexico at the Biennal of Venice with her installation “¿De qué otra cosa podemos hablar?.” She has also taken part in many International Biennals: Göteborg, 2003; Kwangju, 2004; Baltic Triennal, Vilinius, 2005; Liverpool, 2006, as well as in collective exhibitions as in ECO – Arte Contemporáneo Mexicano, MNCARS, 2005; Indelible Images “trafficking between Life and Death”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.


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