Rotterdam

Rotterdam

“Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure”

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50

Curated by Miguel A. López

In her 1980 video ¿Qué es para usted la poesía? Cecilia Vicuña wanders the streets of Bogotá, Colombia, asking residents what poetry is for them; their responses are heartfelt and simple, often poignant and profound. This question regarding the very nature of the art form is at the heart of Vicuña’s oeuvre, which is in constant pursuit of impossible questions. This retrospective of one hundred works will encompass the full scope of the artist’s practice from the early 1970s through the present day, and will include pieces from Vicuña’s archive that have never before been exhibited. Further illuminating her textiles, poetry, performances, moving images, collages, drawings, paintings, and activism, a catalogue will reprint a collection of Vicuña’s wide-ranging essays and correspondence alongside contributions from Paul B. Preciado and Lucy Lippard, among others.