Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, 21 February – 24 May.
Salcedo – who lives and works in Bogotá – gained prominence in the 1990s for her fusion of post-minimalist forms with socio-political concerns. The exhibition features all major bodies of work from her 30-year career. Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in her country’s social and political landscape, including its long history of civil conflicts, yet her sculptures and installations subtly address these fraught circumstances with an elegance and poetic sensibility that balances the gravitas of her subjects. The pieces engage with multiple dualities at once – strength and fragility, the ephemeral and the enduring – and bear the elements of healing and reparation in the careful, laborious process of their making.