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© Doris Salcedo
Doris Salcedo
Born 1958
United States, Colombia, United Kingdom, Born Colombia Atrabiliarios, 1996
Shoes, blatter from cow, surgical thread, painted plasterboard
Yttermått: 96,5 × 186 × 14,5 cm (38 × 73 1/4 × 5 11/16 in.) Bildmått: 33 × 127 × 14,5 cm (13 × 50 × 5 11/16 in.)
Purchase 2000
MOM/2000/181 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
Shoes behind yellow membranes, resembling old group photos where people from the distant past appear like ghosts. Seductively appealing on the surface, but underneath it is full of pain. The starting point for Salcedo's works is often her homeland, Colombia, a nation racked with violent conflicts.
The title Atrabiliarios is Spanish and comes from the Latin word for black bile, traditionally associated with bitter anger. The dark threads allude to stitches in a lacerated body. The empty shoes suggest their missing owners. Through the haze we discern a history of imprisonment, violence and longing.

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- Exhibition history
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