Teresa Margolles
1963, Culiacán, Mexico. Lives and works in Mexico City

The artistic collective SEMEFO (Servicio Médico Forense), that has for years included the extraordinary Teresa Margolles, from at least a decade examines the process between life and death that conditions the body made into a corpse. Even though such a research may appear of bad taste the SEMEFO group addresses the attention upon the post-mortem
practices and rituals. Margolles in particular investigates through a
minimalist work the dynamics of social differentiation that come after death (for example the market of dead bodies). In Vaporización, Margolles had thought-up an environment they would have breathed in. The contaminated and inadequate reuse of human fat, from Mexican obituary to
re-create some mural painting places Margolles in a field of socialized
corporeal exploration.

Teresa Macrì, “Mexico Attacks!”, catalogue , 2003

Selected solo exhibitions: 2003: Kunsthalle, Vienna; Peter Kilchmann, Zurich; 2002: Art Palace, Madrid; La Panadería, Mexico City; Piazza San Matteo, Lucca, Italy; 2001: ACE, Mexico City; Sala 22ª, Barcelona; Grumos sobre la Piel, Barcelona; Yvonamor Palix, Paris.
Selected group exhibitions: 2003: Mexico Attacks!, Chiesa di San Matteo, Lucca, Italy; 2002: México: Sensitive Negotiations, Consulado General de México, Miami; Otredad y mismidad, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo Puebla, México City; Entre lineas, Casa Encendida, Madrid; Twenty Milions Mexicans Can’t Be Wrong, South London, London; Zebra Crossing, Haus der Kulturen der Wett, Berlin; Lascas, Poisson L´Oil, Quebec; Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York/ Kunstwerke, Berlin; 7th Painting Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador; 2001; Mexican Sculpture, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Mexican Video Exhibition, Higher School of Fine Arts, Toulouse; 2000: 7th Havana Biennial; Body and Fruit, Embassy of France, Mexico City; Five Continents and a City, City Museum, Mexico City; 4th Biennial of Lyon.

El agua en la ciudad, 2001. Video stills. Courtesy Guerrero Enrique, Mexico City.