My review of Mexican artist Teresa Margolles’ first Canadian solo show Mundos ("Worlds") was recently published in PUBLIC Journal.
"The incredible thing about Margolles’ work is that she makes the dead visible and present through simple materials: water, bubbles, cloth, string. I was not seeing the dead as anonymous figures. They were inside and around me, affecting me. Margolles truly made me feel. During my time spent with Mundos, my body was controlled by emotion. Yes, Margolles presents powerful, political dilemmas and social criticisms but in a way that made real through feeling. The visual beauty of her work is enlivened and made affective through the accompanying stories. For me, her work moves beyond the mind and in to the body. In this way, Mundos is so effective in brining to the fore the realities of pain, death and destruction in parts of Mexico and the world. Mundos is vivid and disturbing and incredibly powerful, an ode to the deceased and the disenfranchised." -Treva Michelle Pullen, PUBLIC 56.