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"Three Exhibitions Opened Yesterday: Works by Doris Salcedo, Sophie Riste and Jose Davilalhueber"
2001-09-14 until 2001-11-11
Camden Arts Centre
These exhibitions feature work by three artists. Shown are two complex and ambitious new works by Doris Salcedo, L'Air est a tout le monde (II), 2000 (The air belongs to everybody) by Sophie Ristelhueber and his first large scale project in Britain, Jose Davila creates a installation incorporating the entire space.
Doris Salcedo's Tenebrae, Noviembre 7 1985, 1999-2000, a confined room bisected with lead and steel structures, and a second related piece, refer to events when the Colombian army initiated a counter-offensive against a guerilla movement who had seized the Palace of Justice in Bogota. These new works refer to the sense of absence, greyness and emptiness experienced on the day after the desecration and evokes the experience of the silent and distant witness. Salcedo lives and works in Bogota, Columbia, and has exhibited extensively. She is perhaps best known in this country for works such as Unland, a series of wooden tables split and sewn back together using hair and thread, exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London, 1999.
Sophie Ristelhueber's L'Air est a tout le monde (II), is a dramatically spotlit photograph, featuring a dazzling snowcovered plain and mountains. Cutting through the image and landscape, only just visible, is a thin broken line of metal posts. Sounds recorded in situ reinforce the silence. The work contemplates the contrast between human attempts at division and possession (the fence in fact marks the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan) and the powerful and enduring force of nature.
The results of work in and around the Centre for six weeks by Jose Davila, linking the interior and exterior of the building by means of a scaffolding structure which will breach the gallery walls. Davila is interested in ideas of impermanence and 'work in progress' suggeted by temporary structures such as scaffolding, and the possibilities for interpretation that these interventions afford. His work has a strong formal presence but is also motivated and informed by the viewer's response to an object or environment.