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This essay takes as its theme the fascination with the forensics of death as a focus of interest for artists and curators and looks in particular at the the work of Teresa Margolles, a Mexican artist who has attracted the attention of an increasingly large audience.
In discussing her work as an artist it is recognized that responses to it are interwoven with recognition of her training as a forensic technician and her role within the morgue in Mexico City. This essay questions in relation to Margolles, how important is the juxtaposition of geography and theme?; of death and Mexico? Is the combination of gender, geographical location and iconographic tradition of relevance in understanding responses to her work?
In this exploration of the theme of death and ‘Mexicanness’ I suggest that the cultural stereotypes created by writers such as Octavio Paz, Malcolm Lowry, and Surrealist Andre Breton in the early modernist period continue to have an impact on contemporary practice.
The research grows out of a long standing interest in questioning the relationship of contemporary practice to cultural stereotype. I was particularly interested in publishing this research in Spanish and Portuguese to reach audiences in Europe and Latin America.
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Transnational Art, Mexican Art, Cultural Identity, Latin American Art, Cultural Hybridity
Between 2001 - 2005, she has been working on a joint AHRB funded project on nation and identity, focusing on art and design of India, Mexico and Japan (University of Sussex, Chelsea College of Art & Design and Camberwell College of Arts). This lead to a major book project in collaboration with Toshio Watanabe and Partha Mitter entitled 'Nation, Identity and Modernity: Visual Culture of India, Japan and Mexico, 1860s -1940', forthcoming by Duke University Press (2007/08).
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
|Date:||01 June 2007|
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|Deposited On:||07 Dec 2009 12:43|
|Last Modified:||22 Apr 2010 11:24|