Colombian artist Erika Diettes (b. 1978) has received international acclaim for a body of work that draws upon her training as both an artist and an anthropologist. In 2011 she set up a studio in the Colombian province of Antioquia, where she interviewed at length and photographed women who had been forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones. The resulting twenty photographs, titled SUDARIOS (Spanish for “Shrouds”), are printed on large silk panels and usually displayed in sacred spaces, suspended at different heights. They attest to the women’s pain, loss and mourning. Yet the works also give evidence to life after horrific events.
In this talk, given at the opening of SUDARIOS at MOCRA on September 25, 2016, Diettes speaks about SUDARIOS in the context of two other projects that address the impact of Colombia's long-running armed conflict: RÍO ABAJO and RELICARIOS. She shares stories of the subjects of her work and addresses audience questions about her process and the impact of her work.
Learn more about Diettes and the SUDARIOS exhibition at slu.edu/mocra/events/past-events.php?pagetitle=erika-diettes-stories-told-from-the-threshold&editart=139
This video was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Commission.