The work of Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá) is deeply rooted in her country’s social and political landscape, including its long history of civil conflicts. Her sculptures and installations address these fraught circumstances with elegance and a poetic sensibility that balances the gravitas of her subjects with subtle formality. Rather than making literal representations of violence or trauma, Salcedo’s artworks convey a sense of an absent, missing body and evoke a collective sense of loss. The resulting pieces engage with multiple dualities at once—strength and fragility, the ephemeral and the enduring—and bear elements of healing and reparation in the careful, laborious process of their making. Salcedo grounds her art in rigorous fieldwork, which involves extensive interviews with people who have experienced loss and trauma in their everyday lives. This process imbues her work with an intimate connection to the personal that speaks to collective experiences and universal emotions. In more recent years, Salcedo has created large-scale, site-specific installations around the world, including in Turkey, Italy, England, and her native Colombia.
Highlights from the Exhibition
Using common objects, such as wooden furniture, concrete, rebar, clothing, grass, and rose petals, in ncommon ways, Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá, Colombia) seeks to convey how trauma can make daily life strangely unfamiliar.
Guía de la exposición
Utilizando de manera inesperada materiales ordinarios, como muebles de madera, concreto, varillas de acero, ropa, hierba y pétalos de rosa, Doris Salcedo (n. 1958, Bogotá, Colombia) busca expresar la manera como el trauma es capaz de transformar la vida cotidiana en algo extraño.
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"She is considered one of the most highly renowned and respected artists of Latin America," Latin American art scholar and Florida International University professor Carol Damian said in an interview about the PAMM exhibition. "For me she even transcends Latin America because the issues she addresses resonate with so many people throughout this very violent world we live in."