Born in 1958 in Bogotá, Colombia, Doris Salcedo is a well-known sculptor and visual artist. She is famous for paying homage to everyday experiences in her home country and transforming everyday items like rose petals, grass, concrete, clothes, and furniture into immersive sculptures, performances, and installations.
Her works of art usually provide space for collective and individual mourning, as they honor political oppression and mass violence victims.
Salcedo’s works are known for giving form to loss, absence, memory, trauma and pain, with the majority of these themes stemming from her own experiences and personal history. She’s been exhibited at the New Museum, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, and the Museo Reina Sofía, just to mention a few key institutions.