Teresa Margolles, Mujeres bordando junto al Lago Atitlán [Women Embroidering next to Atitlan Lake], 2012, video still. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
In this work, Margolles creates tension between beauty and death. A group of women activists are stitching traditional Mayan embroidery on fabric carrying the stains from the body of a woman murdered in Guatemala City. The marks on the cloth are the visceral reminders of a life lost through violence. The embroidery represents the ongoing presence of these Mayan women, while at the same time the stains are evidence of their disappearance.
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