Doris Sacedo Analysis

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In Noviembre 6 y 7, Doris Salcedo portrayed a violent event in Colombian history; an attack on the Palace of Justice by M-19 guerrilla forces and counter-attack by the government which lasted 2 days and produced more than 100 deaths. Salcedo developed the piece in 2002, on the 17th anniversary of the event (Sanchez 82) in order to get the public to remember the tragedy. The piece consists on hundreds of chairs, slowly being lowered down from the new Palace of Justice’s roof. Moreover, the large number of chairs hanging from the building’s façade conveys the scale of the massacre that had occurred 17 years earlier (Mengham 10). As can be seen in Images 5 and 6, the chairs, cluttered together, provide a sense of disarray and confusion, which illustrates the general chaotic atmosphere present during the initial siege. However, despite the chaos that happened during and after the original event, “…the piece is totally silent. A chair is lowered so slowly its movement is almost imperceptible, just twelve meters in half an hour” (Herzog 158). Added to this silence is the fact that Salcedo did not inform the press or people about the piece (Herzog 158). The silence, both of the piece itself and of Salcedo during its creation signify an act of mourning. It also resonates with how violent events happen in the country very often and without warning, and how after them a period of silence follows, such silence, by government officials, followed the events of 1985. As can be seen in

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