08 October 2007

Shibboleth: Political Art

Shibboleth at Tate ModernColombian artist Doris Salcedo's 500-foot crack, Shibboleth, in the floor of Tate Modern is supposed to be a statement about racism, representing "borders, the experience of immigrants, the experience of segregation, the experience of racial hatred, the experience of a Third World person coming into the heart of Europe."

Clearly intended to be a more serious installation than Carsten Höller's Test Site, let us know if you think the artist has been successful ... or is this just another expensive piece of modern art whose sole function is to separate the liberals from the traditionalists?


Anonymous said...

Was Health & Safety considered with this 'exhibit?

Having worked with a Safety Office in the Chemical Industry some years ago and knowing how stringent rules were then, I find myself with the following comments to make.

Does it not tell us in the Bible (2000+ years ago) to protect a hole we make in the ground so that peopole cannot fall into it and hurt themselves?

Will the gallery be returned to its original state when the exhibit is removed?

Safety conscious in Witney Oxon