Palimpsesto: Doris Salcedo’s reflection on violence

Doris Salcedo. “Palimpsesto”, 2017.

 

 

Doris Salcedo’s (Bogotá, 1958) work is not conformist, not it seeks the comfort of meaning either. To the contrary. This sculptor uses art to reflect on the suffering of marginated, the impact of political violence and the mourning as a human process that provides dignity to all of us. “Palimpsesto” is a work that encloses the purest essence of the modus operandi of this artist, and it achieves to represent the violence without violence.

 

 

 

Portrait of Doris Salcedo. Photo by ©Rui Gaudencio, 2014.

 

 

The artworks of Doris Salcedo are large projects in which she invests a lot of resources, both of time and of intellectual efforts. Each piece is the result of a confluence of elements that put together personal experiences, research and reflection upon the sense of the artwork and its communicative value. But the aim is to make visible a deep message that highlights the value of human life in a tumultuous period where natural disasters, armed conflicts and social discrimination push millions of people to move, migrate and risk their lives.

 

 

 

Doris Salcedo. “Palimpsesto”, 2017.

 

 

Doris Salcedo does not leave anyone indifferent. Her sculptures, on the edges of the classic concept of this discipline, have received much attention from many cultural institutions at an international level, and some of the biggest museums have organised monographic exhibitions, as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (2015), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, 1998), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999 and 2005) or the Tate Modern of London (2007).

 

 

 

Doris Salcedo. Design of the project “Palimpsesto”, 2017.

 

 

This time, the Palacio de Cristal will host a sculpture-installation that reproduces the names of millions of men and women as a way to represent the tragedy, nowadays already usual, of people dying into the sea during their desperate escape from their country of origin. The same day of the opening, the museum has organised a lecture with the artist who, together with Estrella de Diego, an essayist and full professor of the Complutense University of Madrid, will explain to the public the message of her proposal “Palimpsesto”.

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.