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CorporizaciĆ³n de la ausencia (Embodiment of the absence), 2010
Video installation with 2 projections, color, sound, 6.57 min. (loop), Blu-ray

The number of murders of children and young people in Mexico increased 300 per cent between 2009 and 2010. This explosive development prompted Teresa Margolles to develop the idea for a performance.
The performance was carried out with 289 youths aged 16 to 19 attending a secondary school in JuƔrez and one in Guadalajara, and was documented with two cameras. The performance runs as follows: the young people enter the empty schoolyard, spread out there and talk with one another. On an agreed-upon cue, they stop talking for two minutes and leave the schoolyard, returning it to its original empty
state.

Exhibition view:
"Frontera" Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2010

Photo: Nils Klinger

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