IMMA Members are invited to join a member of the exhibitions team for a walk through of this ground-breaking exhibition by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo. 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.
Using domestic materials already charged with significance and saturated with meaning accumulated from years of use in daily life, Salcedo’s sculptures and installations transform commonplace items into poignant and commanding testimonies of loss and remembrance. Since 2008, Salcedo has incorporated organic materials into her work, such as grass, silk, soil, and rose petals in A Flor de Piel II, blurring the lines between what is permanent and ephemeral.
Acts of Mourning focuses on key aspects of the artist’s career since the 1990’s and the challenges her work poses to the traditions of sculpture. The exhibition brings together six bodies of work including two substantial installations works A Flor de Piel II (2013-2014) and Plegaria Muda (2008-2010), as well as works from the Disremembered (2014-2017), Atrabiliarios(1996) and Untitled (furniture works) (1990-2016) series. The artist’s most recent sculpture series Tabula Rasa (2018), which is inspired by Salcedo’s conversations with survivors of sexual violence at the hands of armed men, is also included.
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