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(b. 1963, Culiacán, Sinaloa) is a visual artist and a founding member of SEMEFO who examines the social causes and consequences of death, destruction, and civil war. She is known for creating powerful artworks that demand attention to violence, poverty, and alienation; for exposing the social and economic order that renders violent and destitute deaths an accepted normality; for her courage and integrity in transgressing social and artistic conventions; and for speaking truth to power through public exposure of government complicity in violence and poverty, not only in Mexico, but throughout the world. For Margolles, the morgue accurately reflects society, particularly her home area where deaths caused by drug-related crime, poverty, political crisis, and the government’s brutal military response have devastated communities. She has developed a unique, restrained language in order to speak for her silenced subjects, the victims discounted as ‘collateral damage,’ and nameless statistics. Her work spans several decades and employs materials both of corpses and that have come into contact with corpses. Margolles’s solo exhibitions include El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2012); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011);  Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS), Mexico City (2009); and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2004).

Tags: visual artist, activism, SEMEFO, social, Mexico CityEl Museo Universitario Arte ContemporáneoSala de Arte Público Siqueiros