PROYECTO MUSEOS IV – CUERPOS VILES: MUSEO DE LA MORGUE JUDICIAL
As the result of the analysis and investigation on the contents of the Museum of the Police Morgue in Buenos Aires, a space has been chosen -the stage and dressing rooms located underneath the main theatre house of the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas- and a form -a theatre installation, simultaneous, repetitive and suffocating- to develop a story which would unfold the lombrosian character of the above mentioned institution.
This museum is conceptually and factually designed as a kind of fascist “Triumph of Will” where the ripped bodies of the minorities are cruelty exhibited. The indecent exposition of prostitute’s abortions, smashed heads of drunken homeless, fragmented tattooed skin pieces of some illegal alien with no valid identification document, becomes the mirror of a highly classist and discriminatory society where “the other” is only to be placed in a formol bottle.
Cesare Lombroso. Italian criminologist. Lombroso's theory of anthropological criminology essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical defects, which confirmed a criminal as savage, or atavistic.
Emilio García Wehbi