Untitled

Throughout her career, Salcedo has conducted extensive interviews with victims of political violence, transforming their experiences into sculptures that convey a sense of how their everyday lives are disrupted.

The sculptures in this series span nearly two decades. Salcedo used only those materials that would be readily available to these victims, the majority of whom live in rural, impoverished areas of Colombia. She filled domestic furniture—such as armoires, bed frames, dressers, tables, and chairs—with concrete and, at times, clothing, rendering them functionless. She explains: “The way that an artwork brings materials together is incredibly powerful. Sculpture is its materiality. I work with materials that are already charged with significance, with a meaning they have acquired in the practice of everyday life.”

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden chair with upholstery, concrete, and steel
38½ × 16¾ × 17¾ in. (97.8 × 42.5 × 45 cm)
Collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photo: Jason Mandella

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden chair with upholstery, concrete, and steel
38½ × 16¾ × 17¾ in. (97.8 × 42.5 × 45 cm)
Collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photo: Jason Mandella

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden table, steel table, and concrete
28½ × 21¾ × 18 in. (72.5 × 55 × 45.5 cm)
Collection of the artist
Photo: David Heald

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire with glass, wooden chairs with upholstery, concrete, and steel
45 × 73 ½ × 20 in. (114.3 × 186.7 × 50.8 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Society for Contemporary Art
Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden cabinet, concrete, glass, and clothing
63¾ × 39316 × 14916 in. (162 × 99.5 × 37 cm)

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden bed frame, concrete, steel, and clothing
77⅛ × 74⅞ × 49⅝ in. (195.8 × 189.9 × 125.8 cm)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1995
Photo: Lee Stalsworth

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden bed frame, concrete, steel, and clothing
77⅛ × 74⅞ × 49⅝ in. (195.8 × 189.9 × 125.8 cm)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1995

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden dresser, wooden chairs, concrete, steel, and upholstery
93 × 41 × 19 in. (236.2 × 104.1 × 48.2 cm)
Collection Museum of Modern Art; The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, Inc. Fund and purchase, 4.1996
Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden chair with upholstery, concrete, and steel
38½ × 16¾ × 22½ in. (98.2 × 42.7 × 57.4 cm)

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden cabinet with glass, concrete, steel, and clothing
72¼ × 39 × 13 in. (183.5 × 99.5 × 33 cm)
Collection of Lisa and John Miller, fractional and promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Photo: David Heald

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden cabinet, concrete, steel, and clothing
72¼ × 39 × 13 in. (183.5 × 99.5 × 33 cm)
Collection of Lisa and John Miller, fractional and promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Photo: David Heald

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoires, wooden table, concrete, and steel
71¼ × 49 × 25 in. (181 × 124.5 × 63.5 cm)
Collection of Leo Katz
Photo: David Heald

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden cabinet, concrete, and steel
49 × 82 × 34¾ in. (124.5 × 208.3 × 88.3 cm)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1999
Photo: David Heald

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden chair with upholstery, concrete, and steel
38½ × 16¾ × 22½ in. (98.2 × 42.7 × 57.4 cm)

Wooden chair, concrete, and steel
32116 × 16⅛ × 16⅛ in. (81.5 × 41 × 41 cm)
Planta, Fundación Sorigué, Spain

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden cabinet with glass, concrete, steel, and clothing
80 × 67 × 50 in. (203.5 × 170 × 127 cm)
The Rachofsky Collection

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden chair, concrete, and steel
39½ × 78¾ × 19 in. (100.5 × 200 × 48.5 cm)
Private collection
Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
89¾ × 57 × 23¼ in. (228 × 145 × 59 cm)
Collection of Jill and Peter Kraus
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
89¾ × 57 × 23¼ in. (228 × 145 × 59 cm)
Collection of Jill and Peter Kraus
Photo: Jason Mandella

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden armoire, wooden cabinet, concrete, and steel
86⅝ × 95¼ × 40 in. (220 × 242 × 102 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katharine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2008.20

untitled_concrete View larger
Wooden table, wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
30¾ × 97¼ × 47⅝ in. (78 × 247 × 121 cm)
Installation view, Doris Salcedo Studio, Bogotá, 2008

Wooden table, wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
30 × 105¾ × 68 in. (76 × 268.5 × 172.5 cm)
Installation view, Doris Salcedo Studio, Bogotá, 2008
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden table, wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
30 × 105¾ × 68 in. (76 × 268.5 × 172.5 cm)
Doris Salcedo Studio, Bogotá, 2008
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

untitled_concrete View larger

Wooden table, wooden armoires, concrete, and steel
30 × 105¾ × 68 in. (76 × 268.5 × 172.5 cm)
Doris Salcedo Studio, Bogotá, 2008
Photo: Sergio Clavijo

untitled_concrete View larger

52nd Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 1995
Photo: Richard Stoner

untitled_concrete View larger

52nd Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 1995
Photo: Richard Stoner

untitled_concrete View larger

Le Creux de l’enfer, Centre d’art contemporain, Thiers, France, 1996

untitled_concrete View larger

White Cube, London, 2007 Photo: Stephen White