Saint Louis University

Erika Diettes: Sudarios

September 25 - December 4, 2016

Colombian artist Erika Diettes interviewed and photographed women who had been forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones during that country's armed conflict. The moving black-and-white portraits, which freeze in time instants of deep sadness, are printed on large panels of fine silk. Titled "Sudarios" (Spanish for "shrouds") -- calling to mind the image of Jesus miraculously imprinted on his burial cloth -- they have been exhibited in sacred sites across the world. Described as an "accumulation of suspended pain," the works are displayed suspended from the ceiling of MOCRA's spacious former chapel.

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