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1974
20th century
55.4 cm x 38.7 cm (21 13/16 in. x 15 1/4 in.)

Osvaldo Salerno (Asunción, 1952 - ) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Paraguayan
Medium and Support: Color woodcut and collograph
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Robert L. Michael, 2003
            
               Accession Number:                2003.104.8/8             
            
Object Description: 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.

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