Doris Salcedo  (Colombian, 1958) 

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Doris Salcedo (Colombian, b. 1958) creates sculptures and installations inspired by violence and political conflict in Colombia. She received her BFA from Universidad de Bogotá, Columbia, in 1980. After receiving her MFA in Fine Art from New York University in 1984, Salcedo returned to Universidad de Bogotá to teach. Her artistic process often involves interviewing victims of violence and using their experiences as the influence behind her work. In her pieces, Salcedo combines mundane materials, like furniture and clothing, in such a way that they often evoke feelings of horror and despair. In a 2011 interview with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the artist stresses the importance of memory and her belief that we must confront past events. Salcedo wants her work to be a connection to a sacred space where an individual’s memory is preserved with dignity. One of her most well-known installations is Atrabiliarios (1992–1997), a work in which she placed shoes in wall niches and sewed them closed using translucent animal fiber and surgical thread. Shoes were donated by the families of desaparecidos (those that have disappeared). Her most recent exhibition at London’s White Cube gallery was Plegaria Muda; the exhibition consisted of an installation made of 45 units of long tables that were stacked surface to surface with a layer of earth between them. The show also included Flor de Piel, an enormous shroud made of thousands of rose petals sewn together to serve as a collective burial site. Salcedo received a Penny McCall Foundation Grant in 1993 and a Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Grant in 1995. She was also awarded The Ordway Prize from the Penny McCall Foundation in 2005. Salcedo currently lives and works in Bogotá.

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Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel

 

Doris Salcedo
A Flor de Piel
2011-2012

White Cube
Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda (Installation view, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon)

 

Doris Salcedo
Plegaria Muda (Installation view, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon)
2011-2012

White Cube
Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel

 

Doris Salcedo
A Flor de Piel
2011-2012

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Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel

 

Doris Salcedo
A Flor de Piel
2011-2012

White Cube
Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda

 

Doris Salcedo
Plegaria Muda
2008-2010

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Doris Salcedo, Istanbul Project I

 

Doris Salcedo
Istanbul Project I, 2003
pigment print

 

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Doris Salcedo, Istanbul project II

 

Doris Salcedo
Istanbul project II
photographic print

 

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Doris Salcedo, Untitled

 

Doris Salcedo
Untitled, 1998
wood, cement and steel

 

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1958   BORN: Bogotá, COLOMBIA
1980   BFA, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, COLOMBIA
1984   MA, New York University, New York, NY
1993   Penny McCall Foundation Grant
1995   Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Grant
2005   The Ordway Prize, Penny McCall Foundation
2007   Shibboleth, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK
2006   The 80s: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto, PORTUGAL
2006   RE: LOCATION, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
2005   Abyss: T1 Triennial of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, ITALY
2004   Neither, White Cube, London, UK
2001   Doris Salcedo, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
2000   Doris Salcedo, Tenebrae: Noviembre 7, 1985, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY