Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)


Thursday, December 3, 2020, 2:00pm to 2:30pm


Harvard Art Museums—Online

During these unsettled times, art allows us to reflect on and confront sociopolitical uncertainties through close looking at objects. Doris Salcedo’s sculpture Untitled (2004–5), recalling a worn, simple chair, marks the absence of countless victims lost to political violence in Colombia’s civil war. Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine Salcedo’s work and will consider how an everyday object speaks to the power wielded by those whose victims remain silent.

This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering intersections of art and power, members of the curatorial team discuss how artists engage with social and political crises, use art to upset systems of power, and imagine more equitable futures.

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