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Considered one of the most radical and political artists of 1980s Latin America, her performances and installations are unflinching confrontations of political violence. In her earliest performance piece, Marmolejo paid homage to the tortured and disappeared of the oppressive Ayala regime by walking silently over white paper while dressed in a white tunic and cap, her face covered in bandages denoting anonymity. Taking a seat, Marmolejo proceeded to make cuts under her toes, then continued to walk, leaving a trail of blood behind her. In the second part of the performance, the artist treated her wounds and continued to walk on bandaged feet. Her work sought to bring to light the daily violence in Colombia as well as the need to heal.