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Teresa Margolles


The Musée presents the first-ever solo show in Canada of works by Teresa Margolles, one of the foremost Mexican artists of her generation.

For over 30 years, Margolles has developed her practice in response to the endemic violence that ravages her country (violent deaths from the drug trade, marginalities and exclusions, feminicides and social injustice). The exhibition, Mundos, brings together works mainly created in this decade, along with pieces that have never been shown before. It includes sculptural and photographic installations, performative interventions and videos. Spare, yet powerfully moving, the work by Margolles reaches out and brings us into the world of those whose lives have been made invisible.



Teresa Margolles was born in 1963 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico. She studied art, communications, and forensic medicine. In the early 1990s at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, she helped found the group SEMEFO; later, she worked independently. In 2009 she represented Mexico at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has participated in many other biennials and international exhibitions, with numerous solo shows in Mexico and Europe. Margolles is the recipient of many awards, including 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.”


Additional information

John Zeppetelli and Emeren García
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Installation: Teresa Margolles, La Promesa, 2012

Teresa Margolles, La Promesa, 2012. Sculptural block made of ground-up remains from a demolished house in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, 15-tonne version. The complete version of the work is composed of 45.76 tonnes of rubble produced by crushing all the materials used to build a house located on Puerto de Palos street, near Tres Jacales, in the Praderas de Oriente neighbourhood. The house was demolished in 11 days and the rubble was crushed in June 2012. Collection of the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City. Site-specific installation commissioned by the MUAC, UNAM, with the support of the Ford Foundation Latin America in commemoration of its 50th anniversary

Conversation between John Zeppetelli, MAC’s Director and Chief Curator and Gabrielle Bouchard from the Center for Gender Advocacy surrounding the Pista de baile series

Conversation between John Zeppetelli, MAC’s Director and Chief Curator and Viviane Michel, president of Quebec Native Women, surrounding the work Pesquisas

Conversation between John Zeppetelli, MAC’s Director and Chief Curator and writer Kim Thúy, surrounding the work La Promesa

Conversation surrounding the work En el aire


The MAC Magazine

The MAC Magazine

Winter 2017, 1916-8675, PDF.

Teresa Magolles

Teresa Magolles

John Zeppetelli, Jean-Philippe Uzel, Thérèse St-Gelais, Lulu Morales Mendoza, 2017, 9782551258307, 120 pp col. throughout 10 x 8.5 in softcover .


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