Contextual Material

Cecilia Vicuña

Short Biography

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean-born poet, artist, filmmaker, and activist. Over a decades-long practice, she has grappled with topics including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization through visual art, sound, writing, and performance. Vicuña’s work has been exhibited worldwide in museums and institutions including: Art in General, New York City; Berkeley Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in New York; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City and in major survey exhibitions including the 13th Gwangju Biennale, 2021; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017; and the 18th Sydney Biennale, 2013. She has published twenty-two art and poetry books, including: Read Thread. The Story of the Red Thread (Sternberg Press, 2017); Kuntur Ko (Tornsound, 2015); Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012); Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2001); and Cloud-Net (Art in General, 2000). Vicuña lives and works in New York City.