The Bogota Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International received a private tour of the Doris Salcedo exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) on Tuesday, May 12. This is the first retrospective of the Colombian artist, who resides and works in the city of Bogota. Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in her country’s social and political landscape, including its long history of civil conflicts. She grounds her art in rigorous fieldwork, which involves extensive interviews with people who have experienced loss and trauma in their everyday lives due to political violence, and has created large-scale, site-specific installations around the world, including Turkey, Italy, Great Britain and her native Colombia.
The MCA produced a short film titled, Doris Salcedo’s Public Works, which documents Salcedo’s site-specific and ephemeral installations—works that either no longer exist or are otherwise impossible to display in the galleries of the museum—in order to establish their importance and contribution to her larger body of works. To view the short 25-minute film, please visit the MCA’s Youtube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdt2vZ9YpwE
The Doris Salcedo exhibit is up through May 24, 2015 at the MCA. For more info on the exhibit, please visit: http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/doris-salcedo/