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Examining the transition from life to death, body to corpse, Teresa Margolles maintains how not even death can function as a leveller of social inequality. The procedures and rituals that surround death – what the artist refers to as ‘the life of the corpse’, a subject central to her work of the past fourteen years – are as much a product of social and economic circumstance as life itself. Commonly the result of violent crime or drug abuse, the identity of the bodies Margolles comes into contact with often remains unknown. They are disposed of with anonymity and without ceremony.