Doris Salcedo, Atrabiliarios 1992-1997
The poignancy of Salcedo’s work is delivered through the subtly of the materials she chooses to work with. In Atrabiliarios she uses the shoes of missing women, which have been donated by their families. A single shoe or sometimes a pair are placed in an alcove made in the wall and concealed behind a layer of animal skin which is crudely sewn to the wall representing the violence and the fragility of the circumstance. Each shoe or pair of shoes represents not only the woman which has disappeared but also the families which are continuing to look for them. The animal skin masks out the shoe, which leaves us with only a slight resemblence to what the shoe might actually look like. The memory of these women are fading but still everpresent.
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