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Edward Bacal

I focus on two contemporary art installations in which Teresa Margolles employs water used to wash corpses during autopsies. By running this water through a fog machine or through air conditioners, these works incorporate bodily matter but refuse to depict, identify or locate anybody (or any body) within it. Rather, Margolles creates abstract works in which physical limits – whether of bodies or of art works – dissolve into a state of indeterminacy. With that pervasive distribution of corporeal matter, Margolles charts the dissolution of the social, political and spatial borders that contain death from the public sphere. In discussing these works, I consider Margolles’ practice in relation to the social and aesthetic function of the morgue. Specifically, I consider how Margolles turns the morgue inside out, opening it upon the city in order to explore the inoperative distinctions between spaces of sociality and those of death. In turn, I consider how Margolles places viewers in uneasy proximity to mortality, bodily abjection and violence in order to illustrate the social, political and aesthetic conditions by which bodies become unidentifiable. I ultimately argue that her aesthetic strategies match her ethical aspirations to reconsider relations to death, violence and loss within the social realm.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The afterlives of human remains at the Bełzec extermination camp
Zuzanna Dziuban

Stiftungand the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)for their generous support of the research built upon by this chapter. 2 For a detailed history of the fierce political debates surrounding the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, see ‘Germany’s Holocaust memorial problem –​and mine’, in J. Young, At Memory’s Edge:  After Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2000), pp. 184–​223. This addressed both the contested idea of commemorating the Jewish victims of National Socialism in Berlin and

in Human remains in society