She was born in 1958 in Colombia and grew up there. She went to Universidad de Gogota, Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980 and moved to New York City to study art and received MFA from New York University. After then, she returned to Colombia but acts world-widely as an artist.
Shibboleth, 2007, Doris Selcedo, Tate Gallery in London
A shibboleth (/ˈʃɪbəlɛθ/ or /ˈʃɪbələθ/) is a word, sound, or custom that a person unfamiliar with its significance may not pronounce or perform correctly relative to those who are familiar with it. It is used to identify foreigners or those who do not belong to a particular class or group of people. It also refers to features of language, and particularly to a word or phrase whose pronunciation identifies a speaker as belonging to a particular group.(Oxford English Dictionary (second ed.). 1989.)
The little crack is started from the entrance of the gallery and is getting bigger and deeper to the inside. That’s a real-actual-physical hole in the gallery, not an illusion.
On the interview with BBC, she said, “I always try to relate my work to tragedy,”
Salcedo added: “It represents borders, the experience of immigrants, the experience of segregation, the experience of racial hatred.
“It is the experience of a Third World person coming into the heart of Europe.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7033619.stm(to read the entire interview)
In general, crack has a negative meaning not only the actual crack on something but also invisible cracks on such human’s heart, trust, relationship, belief, faith and so on.
She reveals a truth through the actual hole which is representing racial/gender/ skin color/ religion/language/discrimination. The viewers look into the hole and try to not to fall in it. As just like that, we need to try to get rid of those discrimination.
Dong Hee Lee
She was born in 1978 in South Korea. She came to New York to study art and got MFA at Long Island University(Post Campus) in 2012. Now, she lives and works actively in New York.
Motion of Life, Black Egg Cell, Life Force , Installation
Her interests in the origin of human’s life, started up from very early beginning stage, Egg and Sperm. Mostly, the rounded balls represent eggs and oval balls imply sperm as their shapes biologically like that. She says, the beginning of life already started in those forms and eventually expresses into forms on the wall.