Doris Salcedo


Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda (detail), 2008–10. Wood, concrete, earth, and grass in 122 parts, dimensions variable. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York

Exhibition, Guggenheim, New York, USA, until 12 October
This major retrospective surveys the deeply poetic work of Doris Salcedo. Over the past three decades, her practice has addressed the traumatic history of modern-day Colombia, as well as wider legacies of suffering stemming from colonialism, racism, and other forms of social injustice. Originating in lengthy research processes during which the artist solicits testimonies from the victims of violent oppression, her sculptures and installations eschew the direct representation of atrocities in favour of open-ended confluences of forms that are fashioned from evocative materials and intensely laborious techniques. Featured here are Salcedo’s most significant series from the late 1980s to the present, as well as a video documenting her remarkable site-specific public projects and architectural interventions.