3012, 2012. Pins and fabric, 50 x 5 x 5 cm. From “I love you, I’ll kill you.

Words Hurt: A Conversation with Milagro Torreblanca

Milagro Torreblanca was born in Chile but has lived in Argentina since she was little. With expertise in scenography, murals, and restoration, she creates works that challenge the viewer’s critical point of view, causing discomfort and catching the attention by surprise. The historical burden carried by Latin American countries, where state violence, terror, and subjugation are rife, pushes Torreblanca to address violence not through allusion alone—her materials themselves provoke violent situations. She then combines them with words that carry a destructive power as effective as guns or knives. These words create violent verbal bonds: they punish, discriminate, abuse, offend, and establish boundaries between “being or not being,” between “belonging or exclusion.” Torreblanca focuses her work on that point where the body of the other becomes a target, highlighting the role of forgetfulness and selfish­- ness, as well as the blindness of eyes that don’t want to see.…see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.