Cecilia Vicuna - Read Thread. The Story of the Red Thread
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Cecilia Vicuna - Read Thread. The Story of the Red Thread


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From the 1970s to the present, Cecilia Vicuna's work has both visually and poetically engaged with rituals from Aboriginal Australia, South Africa, Paleolithic Europe, and pre-Columbian America that involve red-colored thread.

The Chilean artist's performances, site-specific installations, paintings, and drawings relate to the symbolic function of textile and language as well as the ritual dimension of menstrual blood in the construction of solidarity through femininity and maternity, to support and continue life. Appearing on the occasion of Vicuna's installation in Athens for documenta 14, Read Thread tells the story of the sanguine thread in Vicuna's work. A tension arises in the asymmetry of Andean weaving and the artist's quipus-large-scale immersive installations of thread, wool, and yarn that reference the pre-Columbian language of knotting, a type of weaving-as-writing. Vicuna's translation of the quipu into a spatial and performative poetics conveys the tension of ecological disaster and reparation as well as a bodily sense of the cosmic scale of landscape, history, and time.


Pages: 148

Dimensions: 17 x 24cm