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MOCRA Presents ‘Sudarios’: Opening Lecture by the Artist and Reception

Sunday, 25 September, 2016

Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) presents Sudarios, a body of work by Colombian artist Erika Diettes, who interviewed and photographed women who were forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones during Colombia’s long-running armed conflict.

The moving black-and-white portraits, which freeze in time instants of deep sadness, are printed on large panels of fine silk. The title “Sudarios” (Spanish for “shrouds”) alludes to the burial cloth of Jesus, and the works have been exhibited in sacred sites across the world. Described as an “accumulation of suspended pain,” they will be displayed hanging from the ceiling of MOCRA, which is housed in a spacious former chapel.

The exhibition begins on Sunday, Sept. 25, with a lecture by the artist at 1:30 p.m. titled “Stories Told from the Threshold.” The lecture will take place in Room 3400 of Morrissey Hall. An opening reception and opportunity to see the exhibition Sudarios follows the lecture at MOCRA, a short walk away.

Both events are free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available. Call 314-977-7170 or visit for more information.

Sudarios will be on display at MOCRA through Dec. 4. Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5, or $1 for students and children.