Teresa Margolles
Flag I 2009

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Teresa Margolles born 1963
Flag I
Bandera I
Date 2009
Medium Fabric, blood, earth and other substances
Dimensions Object: 2980 x 1880 mm
Lent by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2013
On long term loan

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The fabric of Flag I contains traces of blood, soil and other substances from the sites of murders around the northern border of Mexico, testifying to the thousands of violent deaths associated with the powerful drug cartels that control smuggling routes to the United States. Another version of this work was shown at the Venice Biennial in 2009, where Margolles represented Mexico with an exhibition titled What Else Could We Talk About? As the government failed to intervene in the drug wars, the blood-stained cloth was hung outside the Mexican pavilion as a memorial for citizens that the nation ignored.

November 2015

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