Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Doris Salcedo

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS

Doris Salcedo

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
February 21 – May 24, 2015

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
June 26 – October 12, 2015

Pérez Art Museum Miami
Summer 2016

Columbian artist Doris Salcedo has long been commended for her treatment of difficult subject matter: loss, mourning and more recently her observation that Columbian culture has become inured to grief. Her most striking works are site specific installations. Shibboleth (2007) a crack in the concrete floor of the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall leaves a scar to this day; Abyss (2005) the extension of a seemingly buy generic ambien unsupported brick ceiling in Turin’s Castello di Rivoli; Untitled (2003) of 1,550 wooden chairs in an empty building site at the 8th International Istanbul Biennial. A large part of the power these works command is their sophisticated relationships to the sites they occupy. This makes the reality of Salcedo’s first retrospective exhibition odd. Beyond the question of place is the difficulty of taking in a volume of Salcedo’s troubling, contemplative works in a single visit…

Textile: the journal of cloth and culture (vol. 14 issue 1 pp. 136-141)