55.4 cm x 38.7 cm (21 13/16 in. x 15 1/4 in.)
(Asunción, 1952 - )
Latin America, Paraguayan
Medium and Support:
Color woodcut and collograph
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Robert L. Michael, 2003
Salerno’s collographs (direct impressions) of keys can be read as metaphors of Paraguay’s long dictatorship under General Stroessner. The broken key is symbolic of a lack of freedom or social justice, and of imprisonment. The use of a humble, everyday object, and the simplicity of the technique are typical of Salerno’s attempt to charge the utilitarian with a political message. The last key in the series is complete, a sign of hope that the repression will end some day.