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Doris Salcedo

MCA Chicago with the University of Chicago Press
Hardcover with jacket



A mountain of chairs piled between buildings. Shoes sewn behind animal membranes into a wall. A massive crack running through the floor of Tate Modern. Powerful works like these by sculptor Doris Salcedo evoke the significance of bearing witness and processes of collective healing. Salcedo, who lives and works in Bogotá, roots her art in Colombia’s social and political landscape—including its long history of civil wars—with an elegance and poetic sensibility that balances the gravitas of her subjects. Her work is undergirded by intense fieldwork, including interviews with people who have suffered loss and endured trauma from political violence. In recent years, Salcedo has become increasingly interested in the universality of these experiences and has expanded her research to Turkey, Italy, Great Britain, and the United States.

Published to accompany Salcedo's first retrospective exhibition and the American debut of her major work Plegaria muda, Doris Salcedo is the most comprehensive survey of her sculptures and installations to date. In addition to featuring new contributions by respected scholars and curators, the book includes more than 100 color illustrations highlighting many pieces from Salcedo's 30-year career. Offering fresh perspectives on a vital body of work, Doris Salcedo is a testament to the power of one of today's most important international artists.

Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn. Edited by Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Madeleine Grynsztejn. With contributions by Elizabeth Adan, Katherine Brinson, Helen Molesworth, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and Doris Salcedo. Copublished by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

6 Director’s Foreword
8 Acknowledgments
12 Introduction by Madeleine Grynsztejn
17 Presenting Absence: The Work of Doris Salcedo by Julie Rodrigues Widholm
29 Seeing Things by Elizabeth Adan
41 Plates
201 Doris Salcedo’s Readymade Time by Helen Molesworth
209 The Muted Drum: Doris Salcedo’s Material Elegies by Katherine Brinson
215 A Work in Mourning by Doris Salcedo
218 Exhibition History and Bibliography
228 Exhibition Checklist
231 Contributors
232 Exhibition Sponsors
233 Lenders to the Exhibition
234 Index