Doris Salcedo's 'Plegaria Muda' will be presented at Pinacoteca in São Paulo to coincide with the city's Biennial.
Work on 'Plegaria Muda', loosely translated as 'mute prayer', began in 2004 in Los Angeles when Salcedo started researching the violent life of young people in the ghettoes of the city.
Each sculpture, approximately the length and width of a standard coffin, consists of two oblong tables made out of aged and greyed wood. The tables have been placed on top of each other, surface to surface, as if their original function is over and are divided by a thick slab of earth. Although each table is of similar dimensions, in keeping with Salcedo's past practice, each one has been highly worked and has been coloured and cut to appear distinct and particular. On the uppermost table surface we glimpse delicate shoots of brilliant green grass that have somehow pushed through the wood, as if life itself is reasserting its grip. Grouped together in the gallery space the minimal, modular installation has the distinct aura of a silent graveyard; albeit one that has individual, distinct tombstones for each and every subject.
Doris Salcedo: 'Plegaria Muda'
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Praca da Luz
2 – Luz
+55 (11) 3324 1000
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 6pm
15 December 2012 to 24 February 2012
Doris Salcedo 'Plegaria Muda' Wood, mineral compound, cement and grass 2008-10
© Doris Salcedo Courtesy White Cube