Teresa Margolles was born in 1963 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. She currently lives and works between Mexico City, Madrid and Berlin.
Teresa Margolles’ works examines the social causes and consequences of violence. For her, the morgue accurately reflects society, particularly that of her home country where deaths caused by drug-related crimes, poverty, political crisis and the government’s inept response has devastated communities. Margolles has developed a unique, restrained language in order to speak for her silenced subjects, the victims discounted as ‘collateral damage’ of the conflict. Margolles holds a degree in Forensic Medicine and in Communication Science from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Her work has been shown internationally in institutions such as MAMBO Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (2019); Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy (2018); the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2018); the Musée d’art contemporain of Montréal, Canada (2017); the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA (2015), the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2014), the Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland (2014), the Tate Modern in London, England (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), 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 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), in the Mexican Pavilion exhibition, curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina. Margolles work is featured again in the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), as part of the International Exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rogoff, where she received a Special Mention of the Jury in recognition of her work.
The work of Teresa Margolles is part of many art collections around the world like Tate Modern, London, UK; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US; Perez Art Museum, Miami, US; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; CNAP, Paris, France; Museo del Banco de la Republica Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia; FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France; Neuberger Museum of Art, US; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy; CGAC Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Colección Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Mostoles, Spain; Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Culiacan, Mexico; FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France; FRAC Nord Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, France; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, US; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland;La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst – Sammlung, Zurich, Switzerland; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, US; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona US; Adrastus Collection, Arévalo, Spain and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France.