Magazine article Sculpture

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia/Palacio De Cristal

Magazine article Sculpture

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia/Palacio De Cristal

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Madrid

Doris Salcedo

Through April 1, 2018

Salcedo has a rare ability to give visual form to traumatic loss and suppressed sorrow: a pair of shoes or ordinary chairs, tables, and beds become alternative memorials impregnated with absence. A sculptor of memory and life, poverty and dignity, she has cracked the floor of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, walled up a room of the Castello di Rivoli, filled the "human void" leftby the destruction of a building in Istanbul, and commemorated the dead with a "mute prayer" in which silence screams with outrage. Palimpsesto, her new installation at the Palacio de Cristal, combines powerful gestural understatement with stunning visual and emotional resonance. An unnervingly intimate commemoration of people who have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in search of freedom and a better life, Palimpsesto reenacts, mourns, and remembers. …

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