HomePage Artists

b. 1958, Colombia

Doris Salcedo Biography

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Doris Salcedo's practice is concerned with experiences of migration, memory and the politics of cultural displacement. Shibboleth was commissioned for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in 2007 and was the first to intervene directly with the physical container of the space. A 167 metre-long crack was opened up in the floor of the museum, representing the threshold of separation. The division of space was also a metaphor for the experiences of migrants who faced racial and territorial discrimination.

Read More

Working through installation and sculpture, Salcedo's works are often poetic analogies of absence and opposition. The architectural dimensions of her work are not monuments as such but a material testament to collective memory. Her use of furniture, clothing and hair is evocative of the body and its immateriality. Her large scale installations have appeared around the world, including Istanbul, Turin and her native Colombia.

Doris Salcedo Represented By

White Cube contemporary art gallery in Mason's Yard, London, United Kingdom White Cube Aspen, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris

Doris Salcedo In Ocula Magazine

Doris Salcedo In Related Press

View All (9)
How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Related Press How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? 3 April 2017, Frieze

Given the current political climate, we here at frieze have been reflecting on the role of art in responding to conflict. With this in mind, we invited a cross-section of artists, curators and writers

Fade out copy.
Read More
A divided reception for Doris Salcedo's memorial in Bogotá Related Press A divided reception for Doris Salcedo's memorial in Bogotá 24 October 2016, Hyperallergic

“The forces at work here are brutal.” That is how Doris Salcedo, perhaps Colombia’s best-known contemporary artist, described the long-standing political situation of the country during an interview that was held in July in Bogotá’s main public square, Bolívar Square. A few months later, the plebiscite took place in which...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Doris Salcedo fills a public square in Bogotá with the names of civil war victims Related Press Doris Salcedo fills a public square in Bogotá with the names of civil war victims 14 October 2016, Hyperallergic

Bolívar Square, located in the heart of Bogotá, has turned white in the name of peace. Yesterday, Doris Salcedo unveiled a new, site-specific work that spreads 7,000 meters of white fabric across the public plaza that bears the names of victims lost in the country’s 52 years of civil war. Titled Sumando Ausencias, which translates roughly to...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Colombian artist creates enormous shroud to honour country's war dead Related Press Colombian artist creates enormous shroud to honour country's war dead 12 October 2016, The Guardian

Surrounded by the seats of Colombia’s legislative, legal and religious powers, Bogotá’s central Plaza de Bolívar has for centuries been the stage for the country’s political and public life: a bustling space where protesters often gather to chant slogans over the din of honking traffic. But this week, the square has been...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Doris Salcedo are added to Ocula.
Sign Up