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Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo
A crack that cost £300,000 to make. What does it represent? Here is her explanation:

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. For example, the space which illegal immigrants occupy is a negative space. And so this piece is a negative space.

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Get it..? Well the kids seem to enjoy it. I think that’s all that matters.

I was there on a Sunday, so maybe that’s why there were so many kids.
They were handing out puzzles or games about the artworks for kids to
play with (or to keep them occupied). I liked it that way, because it made the place not (as) snobbish. I hope when they grow up they wouldn’t think of art as an intimidating subject only for the “elites”.

btw, I just flickred on Tate Modern, and found out that they are fixing the crack because the exhibition is over already. I kinda wish it stays there.

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2 Comments

  1. The new exhibition will be even “cooler” though. A lot of people didn’t understand the concept of the “crack”, but a lot of people appreciated it just the way it was: a simple crack. It’s funny how we always need the explanation to appreciated/understand something, art isn’t always that straightforward. Maybe that’s why we love it, maybe that’s why it’s all bullshit (in a good way). 🙂

  2. I do like the element of surprise. What you see there are so unexpected.


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