Exhibitions

Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River

  • Bergman Family Gallery
    Second Floor, South Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Carolina Caycedo, Still from Apariciones / Apparitions, 2018. Single-channel HD video, color and sound. 9:11 min. With: Marina Magalhaes (Choreography), Isis Avalos, Samad Guerra, Celeste Tavares, Bianca Medina, Jose Aviles, and Natali Miciche. Commissioned by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, and the Vincent Price Art Museum
Courtesy of the artist
Carolina Caycedo Still from Apariciones/Apparitions, 2018 Single-channel HD video, color and sound 9:11 min. With: Marina Magalhaes (Choreography), Isis Avalos, Samad Guerra, Celeste Tavares, Bianca Medina, Jose Aviles, and Natali Miciche
Commissioned by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, and the Vincent Price Art Museum Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles
Installation view, Carolina Caycedo: Hunger as Teacher/El Hambre Como Maestra, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. September 9–October 21, 2017. Work shown: Carolina Caycedo The Binding/El amarre (full and detail view), 2017 Nylon fishing net, lead weights, hand-dyed cotton cord, hand-dyed jute cord, leather whips, jute thread, dry cattails, seeds, and plastic sack 111 × 9 x 8 in
Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Ruben Diaz
Installation view, Histórias feministas: artistas depois de 2000 (Feminist Histories: Artists after 2000), Museo de Arte São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019. Work shown: Carolina Caycedo Mujeres en Mi, 2010–ongoing Organic fabrics, synthetic fabrics, and synthetic yarn 2-3 panels, each 12 × 6 ft. (3.66 × 1.83 m)
Courtesy of Commonwealth & Council and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá Photo: Eduardo Ortega - MASP Research Center
Documentation of Serpent River Book workshop with Carolina Caycedo, February 21, 2019. Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit, courtesy of the Henry Art Gallery

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This exhibition's content is available in both Spanish and English.

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Desde el Fondo del Río

Por medio de su práctica de estudio y de su trabajo de campo con comunidades ribereñas afectadas por los proyectos de infraestructura a gran escala, Carolina Caycedo (colombiana, n. 1978) crea obras que abordan la relación del ser humano con la naturaleza. Trabajando en primera línea de la lucha por la justicia social y medioambiental, la artista recolecta materiales, experiencias, objetos y sentimientos para crear su obra multidisciplinaria.

Carolina Caycedo: Desde el fondo del río analiza los últimos diez años de la práctica artística de Caycedo y se encuentra protagonizada por Represa/Represión (2012– ), un proyecto multimedia en curso que examina el impacto que las represas hidroeléctricas y otros grandes proyectos de infraestructura tienen sobre las comunidades y el medioambiente. Además, la exposición presenta a las poderosas Cosmotarrayas, una serie de esculturas hechas con redes de pesca producidas como resultado de su trabajo de campo en zonas de Colombia, Brasil y otros países, donde la privatización de las vías fluviales ha alterado irrevocablemente la capacidad de vivir y trabajar de las comunidades locales. La exposición incluye video, dibujo, escultura y fotografía, y reflexiona sobre la importancia del proceso y la participación en la obra de Caycedo.

Inspirándose en filosofías indígenas, la obra de Caycedo nos desafía a comprender la naturaleza no como un recurso a ser explotado, sino como una entidad viviente y espiritual que une a las personas más allá de las fronteras. Su enfoque innovador integra su práctica de creación artística en el estudio con acciones en las comunidades afectadas por la minería, la construcción de represas y otros proyectos de extracción de recursos llevados a cabo por corporaciones y gobiernos. La obra de Caycedo invita a los espectadores a considerar el ritmo de crecimiento insostenible que impone el capitalismo y la manera en que podemos reafirmar nuestra resistencia, solidaridad y biodiversidad cultural y medioambiental.

Esta exposición ha sido organizada por Carla Acevedo-Yates, curadora Marilyn y Larry Fields, con Iris Colburn, asistente de curaduría. Se presenta en la Galería Familia Bergman, ubicada en la segunda planta del museo.

About

From the Bottom of The River

Through her studio practice and fieldwork with riverside communities impacted by large-scale infrastructure projects, Carolina Caycedo (Colombian, b. 1978) makes work that addresses humanity’s relationship with nature. Working on the front lines of social and environmental justice, she gathers materials, experiences, objects, and feelings to make her multidisciplinary work.

Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River surveys the last ten years of Caycedo’s artistic practice and prominently features Be Dammed (2012– ), an ongoing multimedia project that examines the impact of hydroelectric dams and other major infrastructure projects on communities and the environment. It also features Caycedo’s powerful Cosmotarrayas, a series of net sculptures produced through fieldwork in rural areas of Colombia, Brazil, and other countries where the privatization of waterways has irrevocably altered the ability of local communities to live and work. The exhibition encompasses video, drawing, sculpture, and photography and reflects the importance of process and participation in Caycedo’s work.

Informed by Indigenous philosophies, Caycedo’s work challenges us to understand nature not as a resource to be exploited, but as a living and spiritual entity that unites people beyond borders. Her innovative approach integrates her art-making practice in the studio with actions in communities affected by mining, damming, and other resource extraction projects by corporations and governments. Caycedo’s work invites viewers to consider the unsustainable pace of growth under capitalism—and how we might bolster resistance, solidarity, and cultural and environmental biodiversity.

The exhibition is organized by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, with Iris Colburn, Curatorial Assistant. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum's second floor.

Funding

Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris: Caryn and King Harris, Katherine Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, and Stephanie and John Harris; the Margot and W. George Greig Ascendant Artist Fund; R.H. Defares; Zell Family Foundation; Julie and Larry Bernstein; Cari and Michael Sacks; and Anonymous.

Major support is provided by Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky and Charlotte Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation.

Generous support is provided by Anonymous, Commonwealth and Council, Marisa Murillo, and David Walega.