In conjunction with the opening of Doris Salcedo, the artist will present a talk in the PAMM auditorium that touches upon the art and influences that have marked her 30-year career.


Doris Salcedo was born in 1958 in Bogotá and is highly regarded for her evocative political sculpture, installation, and performance. The artist holds a BFA from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (1980) and an MA in Sculpture from New York University (1984). She has served as Director of the School of Plastic Arts, Instituto de Bellas Artes, Cali, Colombia (1987–88), and as Professor of Sculpture and Art Theory, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (1989–91). Salcedo’s oeuvre is primarily concerned with memorializing the victims of the recent decades of brutal political violence in Colombia. Accomplished through a sculptural and forensic reconfiguring of intimate domestic objects such as furniture, shoes, and organic materials, much of the work responds to the testimony of friends and relatives of the missing (presumed dead).