Teresa Margolles

In the Air . 2003

this is tomorrow

In numerous works by Teresa Margolles, fluids from the laboratories of the Mexico City morgue are utilized as statements on the city’s violent reality. For La monnaie vivante, a machine blows bubbles into the exhibition space using a mixture made with water used to wash the bodies of murder victims following their autopsies. The soap bubbles that spill on to the stage thus have been made with water that bears traces of political and social brutality. By using this specific medium, the artist creates an ephemeral monument for the continuous flow, and increasing number of victims, who usually receive little or no attention due to their fragile, social position.
this is tomorrow

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