Shibboleth

This 548-foot-long crack created in the floor of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London, drew attention to the postcolonial fissures in society that persist today.

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Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Stephen White

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Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

Shibboleth View larger

Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Marcus Leith/Andrew Dunkley

Shibboleth View larger

Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

Shibboleth View larger

Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

“The title refers to when you are recognized as somebody that is different. You’re the “other” who must perish because you will endanger this wonderful, magnificent construction [that’s already been created]. It is terror. It is pain. There’s nothing the person that is being discriminated against can do.”
—Doris Salcedo
Interview with MCA Chicago

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Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

Shibboleth View larger

Concrete and steel
Length: 548 ft. (167 m)
Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
Photo: Marcus Leith/Andrew Dunkley

“I remember very clearly one day she came to us with this photocopy, a picture of Turbine Hall with a pencil drawing on top, a crack, and she said, ‘Okay, I want to crack this space into two—into halves.’”
—Carlos Granada
Interview with MCA Chicago

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“It’s a scar that is now in the museum. So the piece, it’s still there and I find it very symbolic and very poetic—the absence is still present.”
—Roberto Uribe
Interview with MCA Chicago

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