Cecilia Vicuña (born 1948, Santiago, Chile). Skyscraper Quipu (Incan quipu performance, New York), 2006. Rephotographed 2018. Cotton, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. © Cecilia Vicuña. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. (Photo: Matthew Herrmann)

Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu Cecilia Vicuña

Vendredi 18 mai, 2018, 12:00

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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"Disappeared Quipu" pairs ancient quipus from our collection with a newly commissioned installation by Vicuña that combines monumental strands of knotted wool with a four-channel video projection. Together, these quipus of the past and present explore the nature of language and memory, the resilience of native people in the face of colonial repression, and Vicuña’s own experiences living in exile from her native Chile. Each knot of Vicuña’s modern-day quipus gives radical possibility to the connective and expressive capacities of a language nearly lost to history.

New York–based Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has devoted a significant part of her artistic practice to studying, interpreting, and reactivating the quipus, which were banned by the Spanish during their colonization of South America.Vicuña channels this ancient, sensorial mode of communication into immersive installations and participatory performances.