Story of a counter monument: Doris Salcedo’s Fragmentos in Bogotá

Patrizia Violi

Punctum, 5(2): 62-71, 2019
DOI: 10.18680/hss.2019.0023


This paper aims to discuss the controversial notion of ‘counter monument’, often used in different ways not always consistent with each other. In order to overcome this difficulty, counter monumentalization is defined as a practice that can assume various forms. The first part of the paper identifies two types of counter monuments. The second part analyses Fragmentos by Doris Salcedo, a counter monument recently realized in Bogota, to remember the terrible and long-lasting war in Colombia.

KEYWORDS: Counter monuments, re-semantization, memory, Colombia, Doris Salcedo
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