Teresa Margolles was born in 1963 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. She currently lives and works in Mexico City.
She was originally trained as a forensic pathologist – she holds a degree in Forensic Medicine and Science of Communication from the Universidad Nacional in Mexico.
Teresa Margolles’ works examine the social causes and consequences of death. For Margolles, the morgue accurately reflects society, particularly her home area where deaths caused by drug-related crimes, poverty, political crisis and government’s brutal military response have devastated communities. She has developed a unique, restrained language in order to speak for her silenced subjects, the victims discounted as ‘collateral damage’ and nameless statistics. She has been Awarded in 2014 with the “Premio de Fotografía Latinoamericana Purificación García”, Zona Maco, Ciudad de México
Her work has been shown internationally in institutions such as Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase NY(2015), the Tate Modern in London, England (2012);the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC 2012) the MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008); the Museo del Barrio (2008) and The Brooklyn Museum of Art (2007) in New York, US; the Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria (2007); the Centre d’Art Contemporain of Brétigny, France (2006), The Museum für Moderne Kunst of Frankfurt, Germany (2004); P.S.1/MoMa in New York, US (2002); the Kunst-Werke in Berlin, Germany (2002) and the South London Gallery, England (2002) among others.
She has participated in many Biennials as Los Angeles (2016) European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Zurich (2016) Basel (2013), Berlin (2012), Moscow (2007), Liverpool (2006), Prague (2005), Mercosur (2003) and Cuenca (2002). Her presentation What Else Could We Talk About? was notably shown at the Venice Biennale in 2009, as part of the 53rd International Art Exhibition, Making Worlds, Mexican Pavilion, curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina.