Latin America: Colombia

8994 WEAPONS TURNED INTO A COUNTER-MONUMENT

With her counter-monument titled: Fragments (Fragmentos), the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo pays tribute to a group of women from across Colombia, all victims of sexual violence. A must visit in Bogota, Colombia which shows us the result of reconciliation, the scars, and stories behind the war.

Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019
Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019

As part of the peace agreement between the last government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), three monuments would be built in honor of the victims of the armed conflict.

The Colombian artist Doris Salcedo was asked to make one in the capital city of Colombia: Bogota; the artist decided to make a "counter-monument" opposing to the very notion of a monument, 8.994 weapons (37 tons) were melted into tiles to create the floor of a cultural space designated as the National Museum for temporary installations.

Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019
Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019

 

 

8.994 weapons (37 tons) were melted into tiles to create the floor of a cultural space designated as the National Museum for temporary installations.

A group of women, victims of sexual violence were asked by the artist to bash with a hammer the laminated sheets creating not only texture as a visual effect on each one of the tiles of the floor also creating memories, pain and heal in each one of the tile pieces.

The place and counter-monument will be a space for cultural and artistic purposes, "Fragmentos" will offer an art schedule, cultural activities, conferences, and workshops. Fragmentos is managed by the National Museum of Colombia part of the Culture Minister for more information, please check out National Museum website.

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Fragments by the artist Doris Salcedo

Tuesdays - Saturdays : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm Sundays: 10:00 am - 17:00 pm

Address: Cr 7 # 6b-30, Bogota, Colombia.

Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019
Image by Blanc Art at Fragmentos, Bogota, Colombia, May 2019

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