Son[i]a #181 Mariana David and María Virginia Jaua about SEMEFO
In the early nineties, a group of artists from different backgrounds, from metal to sculpture, burst onto the Mexican scene with a proposal that explored the notion and implications of death by manipulating the corpse and its transformations.
Under the name SEMEFO, the acronym for the Department of Forensic Pathology, Arturo Angulo, Juan Luis García, Carlos López, Teresa Margolles, Juan Pernas and Mónica Salcido founded what in time became one of the great myths of contemporary Mexican art. With a mix of provocation, political analysis and a special fascination for what they called 'the life of the cadaver', SEMEFO confronted taboos, the country's burning issues and an aesthetic approach that blended theatre, sculpture, performance and music.
SON[I]A talks with María Virginia Jaua, writer, editor, analyst and cultural researcher, and Mariana David, art historian, curator and co-author, with Bárbara Perea, of the book "SEMEFO. 1990–1999. From the Morgue to the Museum", which documents the history of the group.