"Shibboleth" (2007)

"Shibboleth," 2007
Installation at Turbine Hall in Tate Modern, London
Concrete and metal, 548 feet long
Photo by Tate Photography, London
© Doris Salcedo
Courtesy the Alexander and Bonin, New York

"I was thinking, “It’s not that extraordinary. It’s an industrial, modernist space.” It’s not like you are entering Hagia Sofia or you’re in front of the pyramids in Egypt. I didn’t think it was of that character, but people had that impression. I thought it was unbelievably narcissistic. So what I wanted to do was to change that perspective, reverse it entirely, turn it upside down. Instead of looking up, you would have to look down as a way of seeing reality."

-Doris Salcedo