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Teresa Margolles wins Artes Mundi prize

Teresa Margolles has won the fifth Artes Mundi prize. Announced at the National Museum Cardiff and chosen from a shortlist of seven nominees, Margolles receives a cash prize of £40,000. The panel of judges, chaired by broadcaster Tim Marlow, noted 'the visceral power and urgency as well as the sophistication of her work in confronting an on-going human tragedy'. Teresa Margolles’s work focuses on Northern Mexican social experience where drug-related crime has resulted in widespread violence and murder. She has a diploma in forensic medicine and during the 2009 Venice Biennale her work entailed mopping the floor of the Mexican pavilion  with water that had been used to wash dead bodies from a morgue in Mexico. The Artes Mundi shortlist included Miriam Bäckström, Tania Bruguera, Phil Collins, Sheela Gowda, Darius Mikšys and Apolonija Šušteršič.

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