May 26, 2021
The six proposals for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square are now on display at the National Gallery in London until July 4th. Teresa Margolles’ 𝘐𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴 (Imprint) was inspired by the Mesoamerican Tzompantli, skull racks displaying the heads of ritual sacrifices and slaughtered enemies. The public sculpture would feature plaster casts from the faces of 850 trans people. Many of the Mexican artist’s subjects will be sex workers, calling attention to marginalization of the trans community. The work will erode as it is exposed to the elements, washing away traces of genetic material transferred during the casting process and deteriorating individual facial features to create an anti-monument.