Installation view of "Unland" at SITE Santa Fe (1998)

Installation view of "Unland" at SITE Santa Fe, 1998
Front: "Unland"
"the orphan’s tunic," 1997
Wood, cloth, hair and glue, 31 1/2 x 96 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches
Collection of Fundación "la Caixa," Barcelona
Left: "Unland"
"audible in the mouth," 1998
Wood, thread and hair, 29 1/2 x 124 x 31 1/2 inches
Right: "Unland"
"irreversible witness," 1995-1998
Wood, cloth, metal and hair, 44 x 98 x 35 inches
Collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Photo by Herbert Lotz
© Doris Salcedo
Courtesy the Alexander and Bonin, New York

"Unland was about the impossibility of inhabiting a land, the impossibility of belonging and developing a life. As human beings, we all aspire to happiness. So it’s that impossibility to which the title of that piece was referring. The title of the orphan’s tunic is actually from Celan. I was interviewing children who had witnessed the killing of their parents."

-Doris Salcedo