TERESA MARGOLLES: MUNDOS
John Zeppetelli, Jean-Philippe Uzel, Thérèse St-Gelais, Lulu Lourdes Morales
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
120 pp col. throughout 10 x 8.5 in softcover
$27.95 Can. $29.95 U.S.
Violence and the dead are major thematics in the sociopolitical art of Teresa Margolles. Born in Culiacán, Mexico, Margolles unfalteringly exposes the social causes and consequences of the endemic violence that ravages her country: violent deaths from the drug trade, exclusions, feminicides, and social injustice. Many of her works consist of substances or objects that have been in close contact to violent crimes and dead bodies, such as water with which corpses have been cleaned, blood-soaked earth, or fabric drenched in body fluids. This monograph brings together works from the past decade, along with pieces that have never been shown before, including sculptural and photographic installations, performative interventions and videos. Spare, yet powerfully moving, Margolles’s work reaches out and brings the viewer into the world of those whose lives have been made invisible. In English and French.
Teresa Margolles (born 1963) represented Mexico at the 53rd Venice Biennial and has had numerous solo exhibitions at, notably, the Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt). Margolles is the recipient of the 2012 Artes Mundi prize in Cardiff, the most prestigious award in the United Kingdom to an artist who engages with “the human condition, social reality and lived experience.”
John Zeppetelli is director and chief curator at the Musée. Jean-Philippe Uzel teaches in the art history department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Thérèse St-Gelais teaches in the art history department at UQAM. Lulu Lourdes Morales is an independent art critic currently working at SBC Contemporary Art Gallery. Emeren Garcia is head of travelling exhibitions at the Musée.