On the other hand, though, Sobre la sangre is an act of love and respect for those murdered women. How will you be heard, in a world which is already saturated with images of violence? How can you address the burden of desperation and suffering this carnage places upon the hearts of the relatives? It is even more difficult to try and find that miraculous balance between rawness and sensitivity, minimalism and incisivity, while maintaining a radical and poetic approach that can upset the public but also touch their heart. The clotted blood stains intertwine with the floreal decorations, and end up being absorbed and disguised within the patterns. Margolles enrolled seven Aymara weavers to embroider this canvas with traditional motifs. The theoretical shift here is worthy of note: It is then necessary to bring the public in touch with death and pain, but through some kind of transfer, or translation, so that the observer is brought on the edge of the abyss by his own sensitivity. No longer Anonymous women. And yet this blanket comes from the morgue in La Paz, where it was used to wrap up the corpse of a femicide victim.
This shroud, this murder is casting its shadow on us too. Margolles arranged funeral services for this boy, who was killed in a drug-related feud, and in return asked his family permission to preserve and use his tonge for this installation. No longer Anonymous women. What happens inside a morgue is what happens outside. But the effect would be counter-productive, as our society is already bombarded with such representations, and we are so used to hyperreal images that we can hardly tell them apart from fiction. What does it feel like to stand before a firing squad?
You can sit in the shade to cool off from the sun. This shroud, this murder is casting its shadow on us too. Sounds of open bodies, bones being cut — but without any images that might give some context to these obscene noises, without the possibility of knowing exactly what they refer to. But the effect would be counter-productive, as our society is already bombarded with such representations, and we are so used to hyperreal images that we can hardly tell them apart from fiction.
Trepanaciones Sonidos de la morgue Among the exhibition projects he has curated: The topics addressed and participating guests of each meeting will be announced from time to time. The main aspect of his research is focused on the concept of identity, collectivization of individual and on the deconstruction of the subject in contemporary philosophy. Layed out on the floor are what look like simple bricks. How can you address the burden of desperation and suffering this carnage places upon the hearts of the relatives?
How are you going to convey in a palpable way all this anguish, the sense of constant loss, the waste of human life? The following is a small personal selection of her works displayed around the world, in major museums and art galleries, and in several Biennials. The remnants of the thread used to sew up the corpses of 37 victims are tied together to form a rope which stretches across the space and divides it like a border. No one would look for you anyway: The photograph of a suture, a body sewed up after the autopsy: Among the artists that have dealt with these issues the most, her works express a naked realism and firmly condemn such phenomena, showing the effects on the victims' families, on communities and on the urban space. The artist is well known for creating artworks focused on the themes of violence, gender and alienation. This work, awarded at the 53rd Venice Biennial, is the one that brought Margolles in the spotlight. What the audience soon discovers, though, is those bubbles are created with the water and soap that have been used to wash the bodies of homicide victims in the morgue.
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