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By Katherine Stauble, NGC on May 15, 2013
Teresa Margolles, Women Embroidering next to Atitlan Lake

Teresa Margolles, Women Embroidering next to Atitlan Lake

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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By Katherine Stauble, NGC| May 15, 2013
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