Doris Salcedo installation with grass

March 15, 2012

I went yesterday to the Maxxi museum in Rome to see ‘Plegaria Muda’, an installation by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo. Some 120 tables set one upon another with soil in between. Tiny bits of grass grow like escaping from the wood of the tables. A symbol of the story of people who have no voice to speak of their existence and who therefore may appear not to exist at all. The artist was influenced by the murders in her country and in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run through June and I might go back have a look at how the grass will have grown and how the exhibition will have changed with all the green.

 

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