I'm just starting to learn about this fascinating Colombian artist.
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Doris Salcedo carries out extensive research into the lives of those affected by Colombia's civil war, a conflict that has lasted intermittently since 1948. She interviews the relatives of the dead and the 'disappeared', or comes to know them through the records of humanitarian workers. In the case of the Unland sculptures she travelled to a chaotic and violent region in northern Colombia. There she met children from the area who were living in orphanages or on their own, and observed the way their lives developed over a period of time. More than the stories she was told by the children, or the words they used, Salcedo states that it is the condition of their lives which have been distorted by their experiences of loss that surfaces in the Unland sculptures.