40 km, 2014

Photograph, 21 photographs
In this series of photographs, Teresa Margolles documents small altars placed under trees along the 40-kilometres between Culiacán and Playa Altata in Sinaloa, Mexico. Built by relatives and friends, the altars honour victims of violence who have died along this road, which is controlled by various criminal groups. The images are tellingly displayed in three rows of seven, each row depicting a stretch of the road, and each stretch belonging to a drug cartel. Infamous and dangerous, the road cuts across the north-western part of Mexico. Margolles’ images highlight the contrast between the symbols of death represented by the altars and the life force inherent in the trees.

Technical details

Original title:
40 km
Registration number:
Margolles, Teresa
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
21 photographs
Edition number:
Edició de 6 + 1 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Álvaro López de Lamadrid
© Teresa Margolles
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