South likes: Teresa Margolles at CA2M, Madrid

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Teresa Margolles, El Testigo, 2013, colour photography. Courtesy of the artist

South likes: Teresa Margolles at CA2M, Madrid
El Testigo / The Witness
CA2M centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
18 february – 25 May, 2014

The works by Teresa Margolles exhibited at CA2M result from a research initiated in the city of Ciudad Juárez, located in Northern Mexico on the the border with United States. The show, curated by María Inés Rodríguez, portraits the brutal conditions faced by the population of this city, confronted with dire living perspectives, violence, unemployment and depopulation. The work that gives the title to the exhibition, El Testigo (The Witness), is composed of images of a tree, which, bearing the traces of bullets in its bark, is the living witness of a violent incident. A series of photographs of abandoned buildings, Esta finca no será demolida (This Property Won’t Be Demolished), describes how the decomposition of economic, social and political life reverberates on the urban landscape. This desperate situation is as well evident through the visual compilation of covers from the newspaper PM, spanning for the whole year of 2010, the most violent ever in Ciudad Juárez with more than 3,700 murders. A more intimate description of this situation is possibly given by the video En torno a la pérdida (Around Loss), a video forming part of the archival material accompanying the work La Promesa (The Promise), which, being the central piece of the exhibition, consists of a big horizontal sculpture made of the pieces of a disassembled house of Ciudad Juárez. It is indeed a grim scenario the one illustrated by Teresa Margolles. It is nevertheless true that these images speak of increasing uncertainty, and of diffused violence: a general worsening of living conditions that goes well beyond cities in the North of Mexico.

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://www.ca2m.org/en/current/teresa-margolles

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Teresa Margolles, La promesa, 2012, colour photography.

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Teresa Margolles, La promesa, 2012, colour photography.

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Teresa Margolles, PM 2010, 2012, PM newspaper’s street vendor. Courtesy of DZ BANK (KUNSTSAMMLUNG)

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Teresa Margolles, PM 2010, 2012, 313 colour photographies. Courtesy of DZ BANK (KUNSTSAMMLUNG)

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Teresa Margolles, La promesa, 2012, performance on sculpture

 

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