Doris Salcedo has damaged the Turbine Hall in my beloved Tate Modern. The damage, called Shibboleth, is supposed to remind us about the uncomfortable truth and things we don’t want to think about.
The opinions are varied. My friend’s daughter, who has experienced racism many times, said she doesn’t feel the need to stare at this crack on the floor to be aware of intolerance.
You can love it, you can hate it. It’s up to you and your personal perception of art. Nevertheless, to me, Shibboleth has fulfilled its mission as it got people talking.
Plus, to make it more real, many have already ‘experienced’ the crack by LITERALLY falling into it. That proves artist’s point – it’s good to be aware of its existance.