Miniature silk embroidery on antique hand-made lace cotton panel by MotherEagle. Using fine Pearsalls filoselle silk filament, this is a miniature rib cage in split stitch, on a 1950s hand made lace panel.
Wood furniture, steel, and cement 45 x 73 1/2 x 20 in. (114.3 x 186.7 x 50.8 cm)
Untitled (Armoire) is part of a series in which Salcedo buried domestic furniture and other personal objects in cement, stripping these utilitarian pieces of their functions and turning them into humble monuments to their lost, silenced, or forgotten owners. The artist explained, “There was one widow … who told me how difficult it was to continue living with objects that are reminders of her husband… . Every day you sit at the dining table and the empty chair is there, screaming the absence of that person. It can become a very difficult object to live with. So I tried to make those objects silent, encasing them in cement.”
‘Riots improved a bit since the assassination of Julius Caesar. As you probably know that day of 44 BC in Rome an incensed mob took firebrands from the pyre and attacked the houses of Brutus and Cassius, as well as killing Helvius Cinna … Riots and Non-Violence Resistance Protests (NVR) only share few behavior patterns; they are in fact quite different. Eventually any NVR could become a riot but never the other way around. A riot is by nature unpredictable and by definition, a disturbance of the ‘peace’.
‘Today protesting and getting the results you were seeking for, is quite a challenge. Contemporary anti-riot troops can dissolve strikingly fast any kind of public disturbances. Therefore in order to effectively protest we need to be creative, we need to awake the curiosity and sensitivity of people, we need to make them laugh and most difficult of all tasks, we need to inspire them. That’s exactly what Pussy Riot has done to us, THANK YOU!’
‘Humor is like a whip with jingle bells attached to its popper’ —José Martí