• General view of the exhibition hall «Teresa Margolles. The Stone», Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, 2020. © of the work of art, Gabinete TM, 2020. Photograph: David Bonet
  • General view of the exhibition hall «Teresa Margolles. The Stone», Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, 2020. © of the work of art, Gabinete TM, 2020. Photograph: David Bonet
  • Teresa Margolles, Carretillera sobre el Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar [Woman handcart porters on the Simón Bolívar International Bridge], Colombia-Venezuela, 2018. Digital print on cotton paper, 180 x 140 cm. Edition: 5 + 2 A.P. Courtesy of the artist. © of the work of art, Gabinete TM, 2020
  • Teresa Margolles, Carretilleras sobre el Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar [Women handcart porters on the Simón Bolívar International Bridge], Colombia-Venezuela, 2018. Digital print on vinyl, 355,5 x 1062 cm. Edition: 1/6, 2 A.P.+ 2 exhibition copies. Courtesy of the artista. © of the work of art, Gabinete TM, 2020
  • Teresa Margolles, Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar [Simón Bolívar International Bridge], 2018 (video still). Full HD video, stereo sound. Duration: 17’ 30’’. Edition: 1/6 + 1 A.P. and 2 exhibition copies. Courtesy of the artist © Gabinete TM
General view of the exhibition hall «Teresa Margolles. The Stone», Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, 2020. © of the work of art, Gabinete TM, 2020. Photograph: David Bonet

Teresa Margolles. The Stone

Location: Floor 0

What does it mean to go from carretillera, a handcart porter, to trochera? Quite likely, many of us are unfamiliar with the meaning of the second word; yet it is not a question of rhetoric, it denotes resignation. The question strikes us when we approach the exhibition “The Stone”; it looms large when one lives in a context that is as “hot” as many of the border zones are today.

Teresa Margolles (Culiacán, Sinaloa, 1963) spent a long period in Cúcuta, a city on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. It is a territory that has turned into a symbol of contemporary evil; a suffocating place, in which to speak of human rights is to appeal to fiction. Margolles sheds light on many of the issues that plague contemporary international politics: class struggle, migration, gender, contraband… In short, a reality stained with blood.

Thus, Margolles defines a new territory from a sharp reflection, a triangular space in which each of the vertices responds to a present-day debt: border, work, woman. A triad that reveals the condition of vulnerability in a situation that affects all who live there, although not all live in equal conditions. The exhibition highlights the importance of resignifying names taking into account the socio-political reality and the existing gender inequality.

“The Stone” recovers some of the central ideas that run through all of the artist’s work. Teresa Margolles denounces the current migratory crises in an outspoken manner; she opens the debate around the work; above all, she bears witness to the vulnerability of women in any situation. Likewise, the exhibition presents some unpublished works and invites, in this order, to: listen, accept the challenge of the gaze and think distances.

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18th September 2020 → 28th March 2021
Curator: Imma Prieto
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Activities:
September 19 th
On Blood
Teresa Margolles performance
Schedule: 7.00 - 8.15 pm.
Free entry, prior registration.
September 23rd, 7 pm.
Exclusive visit for Members of Es Baluard with the curator, Imma Prieto.