Known But Unknown: Art as Empathy – Doris Salcedo and Sculptural Revelation
Jennie Hirsh, professor of modern and contemporary art at the Maryland Institute College of Art
This lecture will focus on Doris Salcedo (b. 1958), a Colombian artist whose sculptures and installations have systematically addressed themes of trauma, violence, and oppression in her native Colombia and beyond as filtered through social, racial, political, and historical inequities as well as specific crises and events. Informed by careful research and personal interviews, Salcedo’s objects and spatial manipulations combine and transform the vestiges of pain and suffering with sculptural forms and experiences that not only memorialize loss but also enact empathy. Key works and projects to be addressed include Noviembre 6 y 7 (2002), Shibboleth (2007), her commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, and Disremembered X (2020-2021), as well as additional individual projects and site-specific interventions.
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