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UNITED KINGDOM. SCOTLAND. MEXICO. Glasgow Sculpture Studios will inaugurate the Public Programme by a major new body of work by Teresa Margolles
12/03/2012 10:13:00

On the 20 April 2012 Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) will inaugurate the Public Programme at its new permanent home, The Whisky Bond by premiering a major new body of work by Teresa Margolles (b. 1963 Culiacán, Mexico) that has been created during a 5-month Production Residency, when she lived and worked in Glasgow.

Margolles’ new work has been made exclusively for the new GSS galleries and is co-commissioned with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 20 April–7 May 2012. It will also feature during Glasgow Science Festival 5–17 June 2012. This is her first residency in the United Kingdom, and solo exhibition of new work in Scotland.

Teresa Margolles is one of Mexico’s most respected artists. Her work is strong both physically and emotionally and communicates the complexities of the site that has deeply informed her production since 2004: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Throughout her residency, Margolles has been working with a photographic archive by living photographer Luis Alvarado, which she recovered. The archive includes more than 4,000 images taken in the seventies and eighties in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Juárez is now infamous as one of the murder capitals of the world. Margolles has scanned, catalogued and analysed the negatives in order to—in her own words—”look at the past as a way of understanding the future.” In parallel, Margolles’ initial site visit to Glasgow coincided with the civil riots in England and the days of social and political unrest that followed. Margolles travelled to London to document the aftermath. The photographic records and debris collected from the streets will form the basis of new work, which reflects on the idea that all places have a story of suffering etched into their past.

A commissioned text by Mexican writer, Jessica Berlanga Taylor will accompany the exhibition.

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Image:  Anarchy Spreads Performative action & dialogue Glasgow 2011 © Teresa Margolles. Photo Courtesy

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