Image rights: Courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 2004
About Cecilia Vicuña
Integrating performances, installations, objects, and works on paper, Cecilia Vicuña activates space, touch, and sound to engage with identity erasure, colonial suppression, and ecological distress. The interdisciplinary artist and prolific poet confronts erasure of historical cultural narratives and responds to contemporary environmental, political, and social realities. Vicuña appeals to greater consciousness through interpretations of quipu, meaning “to knot” in Cusco Quechua, a complex and enigmatic system and object for recording used in Andean societies prior to Spanish colonization. Vicuña’s diverse oeuvre stems from the totality of expression represented in quipu, often taking the form of large-scale fabric installations that emphasize spatial relationships and performances that incorporate the audience with gesture, sound, or string to signify and evoke connectivity. The Chilean artist went into exile in the early 1970s following the 1973 coup and now lives and works in New York City.
Chilean, b. 1948, Santiago, Chile, based in New York, NY, United States