Doris Salcedo


You are viewing an older version of the Yalebooks website. Please visit out new website with more updated information and a better user experience:

The Materiality of Mourning

Mary Schneider Enriquez; With contributions by Doris Salcedo and Narayan Khandekar

View Inside Format: Hardcover
Price: $50.00
YUPOut of Stock
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

A compelling look at Doris Salcedo’s works from the past fifteen years, exploring how the artist challenges not only the limits of the materials she uses but also the traditions of sculpture itself

Colombian sculptor and installation artist Doris Salcedo (b. 1958) creates works that address political violence and oppression. This pioneering book, which focuses on Salcedo’s works from 2001 to the present, examines the development and evolution of her approach. These sculptures have pushed toward new extremes, incorporating organic materials—rose petals, grass, soil—in order to blur the line between the permanent and the ephemeral.
This insightful text illuminates the artist’s practice: exhaustive personal interviews and deep research joined with painstaking acts of making that both challenge limits and set new directions in materiality. Mary Schneider Enriquez convincingly argues for viewing Salcedo’s oeuvre not just through a particular theoretical lens, such as violence studies or trauma and memory studies, but for the profound way the artist engages with and expands the traditions of sculpture as a medium. 

Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums

Exhibition Schedule:

Harvard Art Museums

Mary Schneider Enriquez is the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums.


Harvard Art Museums

“A particularly useful introduction to Salcedo and her art . . . Schneider Enriquez’s thorough study makes Salcedo’s methods, strategies, and matter available for both aficionados and newcomers.”—Alison Fraunhar, Woman’s Art Journal

2017 Acknowledgement of Excellence at the New England Book Show
ISBN: 9780300222517
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums
196 pages, 9 x 10 1/2
100 color illus.