Doris Salcedo's Istanbul takes aim at the artist's idea of war. Commemorative of mass graves, the artist filled an empty space between two buildings in central Istanbul with 1,550 wooden chairs. The chairs are meant to signify not only the absence of humanity, but also a connection with humanity.
Taking aim at war in general, the work makes a visual impact on the viewer both in scale and aesthetics. The site isn't necessarily visually pleasing, but it creates a heaviness in visual weight and conceptual weight. The artist intends the work to create an individual experience, as well as a collective glimpse into chaos and absence, two effects of wartime violence.
Via Miranda Sweeney