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  • Title: Shibboleth I-IV
  • Creator: Doris Salcedo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1958
  • Creator Nationality: Colombian
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Birth Place: Bogota, Colombia
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.25 x h29.83 in
  • About the Work: These four prints are photographic sketches of Shibboleth, an installation piece by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo created at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London. These prints are digital renderings made on real photographs of the Turbine Hall floor, which were then printed and presented by the artist as the proposal for the project. The installation itself is a fracture made on the floor, symbolizing a disruption of time and space and the outbreaks of racial hatred. In her project proposal for the Tate, Salcedo wrote “Shibboleth is a negative space: it addresses the w(hole) in history that marks the bottomless difference that separates whites from non-whites. The w(hole) in history that I am referring to is the history of racism, which runs parallel to the history of modernity, and is its untold dark side […] “ By creating this crack, Salcedo invited the public to think what would be to see the world from down at the bottom; from the perspective of those defeated. When the exhibition ended, the crack was sealed and remained under the floor of the Turbine Hall as “a permanent scar and a reminder of the immigrant who intrudes and is unwelcome, of the people we don’t want to acknowledge.”
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Gift of Carolyn Alexander, New York
  • External Link: Museum of Latin American Art
  • Medium: Archival pigment inkjet prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag

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