Skin of Memory (1999) Suzanne Lacy and Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Barrio Antioquia is a neighborhood of 2000 households in Medellin, Columbia.  Families have lived here for generations, but the community is fraught with problems of violence,  murders, and illegal activities. Artists Suzanne Lacy and Pilar Riano-Alcala canvased the neighborhoods asking to borrow objects that signified what it meant to live in this particular neighborhood. The exhibition was installed on a bus and contained 500 objects. Daily it moved around the neighborhood so that everyone could see it.  Objects varied from holy relics to American dollar bills; wedding pictures to pictures of family members killed in shoot-outs. Like candles in church, each object’s sacredness and importance was illuminated with a light bulb.

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