Acción de Duelo

Nearly 24,000 candles were lit in the Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, in response to the death of Colombia’s Valle del Cauca Deputies who had been taken hostage in 2002.

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Candles
Approx. 267 × 350 ft. (81.4 × 106.7 m)
Site-specific work, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, 2007
Photo: Juan Fernando Castro

Acción de Duelo View larger

Candles
Approx. 267 × 350 ft. (81.4 × 106.7 m)
Site-specific work, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, 2007
Photo: Juan Fernando Castro

Acción de Duelo View larger

Candles
Approx. 267 × 350 ft. (81.4 × 106.7 m)
Site-specific work, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

“There are so many massacres that take place in Colombia that we are no longer capable of responding: it’s not like every day we can get out of work and march or demonstrate or something.”
—Doris Salcedo
Interview with MCA Chicago
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Acción de Duelo View larger

Candles
Approx. 267 × 350 ft. (81.4 × 106.7 m)
Site-specific work, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, 2007
Photo: Juan Fernando Castro

Acción de Duelo View larger

Candles
Approx. 267 × 350 ft. (81.4 × 106.7 m)
Site-specific work, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

“The Act of Mourning consisted of first placing these candles in a very specific way, a reticular way, and then having people join us, having this installation that lasted six hours . . . is something that for us was very important because in Colombia—because of our political situation and our violence situation—we have become dehumanized and for me, what Doris was trying to do by this Act of Mourning was teach us how to mourn.”
—Carlos Granada
Interview with MCA Chicago
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