At the Guggenheim, Doris Salcedo Bears Witness to Gun Crimes in Cities Near and Far
Neither Appearance Nor Illusion: Property from the Collection of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez
Executed in 2012, this work is unique.
White Cube, London
Acquired from the above by the previous owner in November 2012
Doris Salcedo creates sculptures and installations whose understated appearance belies complex themes. Her works commonly have themes and subjects related to historical incidences of mass violence, trauma, racism, and colonialism; she believes that her art represents a social conscience and sees her own role as that of a witness. Salcedo commonly constructs her pieces with everyday objects, including domestic furniture, hair, and clothing. Sculpture, for Salcedo, “is the giving of a material gift to the being who makes his presence felt in my work.” Salcedo also makes installations that alter existing spaces. She has been known to work with architects and engineers to make works that are set directly and almost imperceptibly into their surroundings.
Colombian, b. 1958, Bogotá, Colombia