Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Colombia), is one of the world’s leading sculptors whose work is deeply rooted in her native Colombia. Acts of Mourning is her first solo exhibition in Ireland and reflects Salcedo’s continued focus on the experience of mourning and the connections between, violence, anonymity and public space. Focusing on recent work, the exhibition includes a new series of sculptures Tabula Rasa, 2018, dealing with the theme of sexual violence and the loss of identity and fractured sense of self that inevitably follows the act.
Salcedo often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means. She uses domestic materials, charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life, to make sculptures and installations that function as a kind of political and mental archaeology.
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