Teresa Margolles was born in 1963 in Culican, Mexico. She lives and works between Mexico City and Madrid. She studied Communication Sciences and Forensic Medicine at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, starting her artistic career in the early 1990s. Ever since, she has been developing a powerful oeuvre that demands attention to violence, poverty and alienation, exposing the social and economic order that renders violent and destitute deaths an accepted normality.
The work of Teresa Margolles constitutes a way of seeing, and of making present that which is often imperceptible, by incorporating the physical memory of conflict and pain into focussed and poetic material combinations that bring those who encounter them within tangible reach of violence. In their often unassuming and delicate forms, these materials make palpable the pervasive nature, ubiquity and hence invisibility of death, loss and suffering.
Teresa Margolles, Approximation to the Scenes of the Facts, 2020, mixed-media installation. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from Acción. Cultural Española (AC/E), Embassy of Spain and Galerie Peter Kilchmann. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Photograph: Teresa Margolles, Approximation to the Scenes of the Facts, 2020, mixed-media installation. Installation view (2020) for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, National Art School. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich. Photograph: Zan Wimberley