Exquisite Corpses: Thomas Glassford’s Public Art Projects

“Mexico City based artist Thomas Glassford’s objects and large-scale projects are distinguished for their precise engagement with the layered materiality of the modern urban milieu. Often located in politically charged spaces—the US-Mexico Border, the Tlatelolco Housing Project in Mexico City– Glassford’s public projects forge a relationship between the artist’s interest in the history of our materiality (from the intimate workings of the body to the systems of transport and communication that connect/divide us) and specific places. In so doing, Glassford transforms places coded with violence, suturing their wounds or giving them new “skin”. These exquisite corpses establish the conditions for a new functionality without eviscerating memory or fetishizing trauma.”

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