Inagural 2016 Nasher Prize Laureate Doris Salcedo presents a lecture on her work to students and members of the public at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
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About Doris Salcedo
Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1958,Doris Salcedo is a sculpture and installation artist who, for the past three decades, has addressed modern day conflict in both Colombia and abroad,through the lens of quietly poetic sculpture and installation work. Employing everyday objects and domestic materials, Salcedo creates works that serve as monuments to moments of political crisis or tragedy, suffusing the quotidian objects with layered meaning. Her early works, like La Casa Viuda (1992-1995), which delved into Colombia’s recent political history, combined household furniture with textiles to create haunting, minimalist installations. In the decades since, Salcedo has gone on to create larger installations—such as Noviembre 6 y 7 (2002), a work commemorating the seizing of the Supreme Court in Bogotá, installed in the city’s Palace of Justice —taking over galleries and unusual spaces to create politically and psychologically charged environments that provide an immersive experience for viewers.
Salcedo is the subject of an eponymous solo exhibition currently at the Guggenheim, New York, which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and will travel to the Pérez Art Museum in Miami. In 2007, her work Shibboleth was featured in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Additional past solo exhibitions include: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1998);San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999 and 2005); Tate Britain, London (1999); Camden Arts Center, London (2001); Inhotim, Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Belo Horizonte, (2008); MUAC, Mexico, Moderna Museet, Malmö and CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2011); MAXXI Rome and Pinacoteca São Paulo (2012); and Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima City, Japan (2014). Salcedo has also been included in notable group exhibitions internationally including: XXIV São Paulo Biennial (1998); Documenta XI, Kassel (2002); 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003);‘NeoHooDoo,’ PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York and The Menil Collection, Houston (2008); and ‘The New Décor,’ Hayward Gallery, London (2010).