Over 120 pairs of tables placed one on top of the other and separated by a block of earth, from which sprout slim blades of grass: this is Plegaria Muda, the latest project by Doris Salcedo. In its modular repetition, the work evokes a collective burial place and is a metaphor for sacrificial lives led on the margins of society. The artist has found inspiration by turning her gaze to the victims of massacres by the army in Colombia, her home country, as well as the violent deaths of the Los Angeles suburbs, where she conducted research and recognized the effects of the same gratuitous and meaningless violence found in every corner of the globe.
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