Phase 1: La entrega (The Remittance) - Garments obtained by exchange carried out across the five boroughs of New York City.
Phase 2: A Traves (Through) - Action that took place on the windows of 52 Walker St. on January 9, 2022. Photographic documentation.
Phase 3: Inclusión (Inclusion) - 24 cement blocks containing the t-shirts used for the action.
Color photograph: 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in (20 x 30 cm) ; 24 cement blocks each: 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in (15 x 15 x 15 cm)
This work, whose title translates in English to “through,” is a continuation of a larger series Margolles has developed since 2011, involving the use of sweat from subjugated individuals to cover windows within arts venues.
Phase 1 involved Teresa and her collaborators interviewing undocumented migrants from Mexico, Central America, and South America, who live and work in New York. By exchange, they obtained the t-shirts they wore during their workdays. Phase 2 was an intervention on the windows at James Cohan, where the residual sweat left on shirts was applied to the panes. This was realized by a young migrant from Guatemala who has recently arrived in New York City. For Phase 3, the t-shirts used for the action have been set within 24 cement blocks. Each block includes the first initial of the participant's name, the first initial of their country of origin, and their age.