Congratulations to Columbian artist Doris Salcedo for being named the inaugural Nasher Prize Laureate for 2016. The Nasher Prize is an international award given to a living artist who has made "an extraordinary impact on the field of sculpture."
Doris Salcedo's work addresses the hidden, silent ramifications of political conflict and social trauma. Her large scale installations frequently incorporates the surrounding environment in both understated and jarring ways.
The fragility of the whisper light garments in "Disremembered" reveal a surprising edge when you realize they are comprised entirely of bent sewing needles and silk thread; the pieces are a commentary on the invisibleness of lives lost to gun violence. Conversely, the large crack Salcedo fabricated that bisected the Turbine Hall at the Tate in 2007 forced visitors to shift their perspective from the grandeur of the large, imposing gallery space to a fissure that undermines the foundation of western civilization.
These powerful statements on trauma are shared from the perspective of those who are voiceless and invisible. Through Salcedo's work she re-contextualizes the aftermath of physical and social death by providing a forum and a voice for those that society chooses to ignore.
The Nasher Scupture Center in Dallas features over 300 works of modern and contemporary sculpture. Doris Salcedo's current show at the Guggenheim in New York will be on view until October 12th.
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