Teresa Margolles and “Image to be projected until it vanishes”

Teresa Margolles and “Image to be projected until it vanishes”

MUSEION of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano

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

May 5, 2011

Teresa Margolles Frontera
Image to be projected until it vanishes
29 May–28 August 2011

28 May 2011, 7 pmMUSEION of modern and contemporary art Bolzano
Via Dante 6
39100 Bolzano – Italy

Teresa Margolles Frontera

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.

Image to be projected until it vanishes

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Matthew Buckingham’s work “Image of Absalon to be projected until it vanishes”: a slide continuously ‘faded-out’ by the heat emanating from the lamp of the projector, the protracted elision of a monument. The rest of the exhibition is dedicated to the artist Ioana Nemeş, who passed away in April 2011—to her talent, imperative energy and ardent convictions. Ioana’s project—co-authored with Dragoş Olea under the alias Kilobase Bucharest—was planned as an alphabet of the topographic, political and affective idiosyncrasies of the Romanian capital. Its first volume stops at the letter H, for ‘Hyperreality’; but this would certainly not be Ioana Nemeş’s last word (as neither would grief or perplexity). The measurements, poetic and obstinate, that form a large part of her practice encroach upon the reality of their object, to ‘scratch more sense’ into it.

Artists in the show: Robert Bosisio, Pavel Büchler, Kilobase Bucharest, Mircea Cantor, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, Alexej Meschtschanow, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nancă, Navid Nuur, Miklos Onucsan, Serge Spitzer, Goran Trbuljak, Gabriela Vanga, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor.

curated by Minhea Mircan
Opening: Saturday 28.05.2011, 7 pm on the weekend dedicated to contemporary art in the Trentino Alto Adige region: Friday 27, opening of Rosa Barba, Stage Archive at the MART Rovereto e Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento, and also at the Fondazione Galleria Civica, The Repetition Festival Show by Clemens von Wedemeyer.

In partnership with the Bolzano Filmclub there will be a series of screenings: on 11 and 12 May devoted to contemporary Mexican films, and on 8 and 9 June on contemporary Romanian films, with the director Adrian Sitaru. The Romanian screenings will be supported by the Associazione dei Romeni del Trentino-Alto Adige (ARTA-A), with the patronage of the Honorary Consolate of Romania in Trentino Alto Adige.

SAVE THE DATE: 16.09.2011, opening in Museion of the solo show devoted to Carl Andre, on at the Kurhaus Kleve Museum till 28.08.2011. Curated by Roland Mönig and Letizia Ragaglia.

Museion’s institutional partners: Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano

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