MUSEION of modern and contemporary art Bolzano Announces Teresa Margolles Frontera

MUSEION of modern and contemporary art Bolzano presents Teresa Margolles Frontera. Open 29 May–28 August 2011. Opening: 28 May 2011, 7 pm.


Teresa Margolles, “Muro Baleado (Culiacán),” 2009. Kunsthalle Fridericianum 2010. Courtesy: the artist. Photo Credit: Nils Klinger.

The cities of Kassel and Bolzano in Europe have chosen to act as amplifiers of the unrest in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city which is the focus of the exhibition “Frontera” by Teresa Margolles. The show, which was on in Kassel until February, will be presented in Bolzano from May 29th. “Frontera” reflects on the dramatic scale of drug trafficking in Mexican society. The artist has used basic but very striking elements to create the works in “Frontera”, and despite their minimalist style, they reveal great emotional depth and tragedy. The works go beyond the specific context that gave rise to them, with a universal value that explores our mechanisms of denial and the taboos still surrounding death and violence in contemporary society. The Museion exhibition features walls where executions took place, that the artist took down in Mexico and rebuilt in Bolzano—Muro Baleado (Culiacán), 2009, and Muro Ciudad Juárez, 2010—along with the works Plancha, 2010 and Cubo, 2010, a minimalist cube weighing a ton made out of iron from reinforced concrete taken from demolished buildings. The Bolzano exhibition will also be the first opportunity to see the filmed action Camiseta, created specially for “Frontera” and shot in the cities of Juarez, Kassel and Bolzano.

Teresa Margolles (Culican, Mexico 1963), is one of the founders of the group SEMEFO (Servicio Médico Forense/Forensic Medicine Service). In 2009 she represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale, while solo shows include Los Herederos, Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (2009), and En Lugar de los Hechos – Anstelle der Tatsachen, Kunsthalle Krems (2008). She has taken part in Manifesta7, Bolzano (2008), the Liverpool Biennale (2006), the Prague Biennale (2005 and 2003), and the Gwangju Biennale (2004).

Curated by Rein Wolfs and Letizia Ragaglia. Curatorial assistant Frida Carazzato. In collaboration with Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. Multilingual catalogue (German, Italian and English), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

MUSEION of modern and contemporary art Bolzano
Via Dante 6
39100 Bolzano – Italy
www.museion.it

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