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Carolina Caycedo:
From the Bottom of the River
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Installation view, Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River, MCA Chicago Dec 12, 2020–Sep 12, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

About the Audio Experience

The work of artist Carolina Caycedo (Colombian, b. 1978; lives and works in Los Angeles) is deeply rooted in relationships with people, places, and other living things. Through fieldwork in communities that are being impacted by damming and mining, Caycedo gathers materials and stories that she weaves into her work. As part of Carolina Caycedo: At the Bottom of the River, the artist shares these stories and the process behind a selection of the exhibition’s artworks.

La obra de la artista Carolina Caycedo (colombiana, n. 1978; vive y trabaja en Los Ángeles) se encuentra profundamente arraigada en las relaciones que existen entre las personas, los lugares y otros seres vivientes. Gracias al trabajo de campo que realiza con comunidades que están siendo afectadas por la construcción de represas y por la minería, Caycedo recolecta materiales e historias que termina tejiendo en su obra. Como parte de Carolina Caycedo: Desde el fondo del río, la artista comparte estas historias y el proceso detrás de una selección de obras presentadas en la exposición.

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Carolina Caycedo, Cosmotarraya Elwha, 2016–20. Hand-dyed artisanal fishing net with lead weights, wood panel, hand-dyed jute cord, Bonfim ribbon, sage bundle, cord, wood stick, metal bells, drumstick, leather sandals, Mizac sheep’s wool ruana, Abrus herba bundles, with herbs including chili pepper, sage, and copal (replaceable by any medicinal herb); 66 × 39 × 14 in. (421 × 99.1 × 35.56 cm). Installation view in the artist’s studio
Courtesy of Instituto de Visión, Bogotá. Photo: Craig Kirk
Carolina Caycedo, Cosmotarraya Elwha (detail), 2016–20. Hand-dyed artisanal fishing net with lead weights, wood panel, hand-dyed jute cord, Bonfim ribbon, sage bundle, cord, wood stick, metal bells, drumstick, leather sandals, Mizac sheep’s wool ruana, Abrus herba bundles, with herbs including chili pepper, sage, and copal (replaceable by any medicinal herb); 66 × 39 × 14 in. (421 × 99.1 × 35.56 cm). Installation view in the artist’s studio. Courtesy of Instituto de Visión, Bogotá
Photo: Craig Kirk

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Cosmotarraya Elwha (English)

    00:01:05
  • 02

    Cosmotarraya Elwha (Español)

    00:00:50

Cosmotarraya Elwha Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, From the Bottom of the River / Desde el fondo del río III 2020, 2020. Hand-painted blown glass, artisanal fishing net, and lead weights; diptych, overall; 24 4/5 × 77 1/5 × 5 9/10 in. (63 × 196 × 15 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Nada and Michael Gray
Photo: Sofia Toscano
Carolina Caycedo, From the Bottom of the River / Desde el fondo del río III 2020 (detail), 2020. Hand-painted blown glass, artisanal fishing net, and lead weights; diptych, overall; 24 4/5 × 77 1/5 × 5 9/10 in. (63 × 196 × 15 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Nada and Michael Gray
Photo: Sofia Toscano

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    From the Bottom of the River III 2020

    00:01:34
  • 02

    Desde el fondo del río III 2020

    00:01:19

From the Bottom of the River III Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Cosmotarrafa Hamaca, 2016. Artisanal Kayapo hammock, dry palm branch wrapped with reed cord, wooden paddle, Bonfim ribbon, and Brazil nuts; 118 1/8 × 11 ¾ × 7 7/8 in. (300 × 30 × 20 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá. Photo: Santiago Pinyol
Carolina Caycedo, Cosmotarrafa Hamaca (detail), 2016. Artisanal Kayapo hammock, dry palm branch wrapped with reed cord, wooden paddle, Bonfim ribbon, and Brazil nuts; 118 1/8 × 11 ¾ × 7 7/8 in. (300 × 30 × 20 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá. Photo: Santiago Pinyol

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Cosmotarrafa Hamaca (English)

    00:00:55
  • 02

    Cosmotarrafa Hamaca (Español)

    00:01:06

Cosmotarrafa Hamaca Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Mujeres en Mi, 2010–ongoing. Organic fabrics, synthetic fabrics, and synthetic yarn 3 panels, each 12 × 6 ft. (3.66 × 1.83 m). Courtesy of Commonwealth & Council and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá. Installation view, Histórias feministas: artistas depois de 2000 (Feminist Histories: Artists after 2000), Museo de Arte São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019
Photo: Eduardo Ortega - MASP Research Center

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Womyn in Me

    00:00:58
  • 02

    Muxeres en mí

    00:01:13

Muxeres en Mi Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, My Feminine Lineage of Environmental Struggle, 2019. Printed canvas banner; 65 × 250 in. (165 × 635 cm). Installation view, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 1, Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom, Oct 27, 2018–Jan 27, 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    My Feminine Lineage of Environmental Struggle

    00:01:22
  • 02

    Mi linaje femenino de la lucha medioambiental

    00:01:37

My Feminine Lineage of Environmental Struggle Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Ósun, 2018. Hand-dyed fishing net, steel chain, steel pot lid, mirror, enamel, spray paint, hoop earrings, paracord, string, and brass handles; 10 × 2 × 2 ft. (3.01 × .61 × .61 m). From the collection of Vibiana Molina. Installation view, Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2020
Courtesy the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Photo: Mel Taing

Audio Playlist

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    Ósun (English)

    00:00:48
  • 02

    Ósun (Español)

    00:00:50

Ósun Transcripts

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Installation view of Incerteza Viva (Live Uncertainty), 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, 2016. Works by Carolina Caycedo, from left to right: Watu, Yaqui, Yuma, Elwha, and Iguaçu, all 2016. From the River Book series, 2016-ongoing . Marker on Canson paper; dimensions variable
Photo © Ilana Bar/Estúdio Garagem/Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    River Books

    00:00:43
  • 02

    Libros río

    00:00:42

River Books Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Self-Portrait, 2002. Ink on paper; 10 ¼ × 7 ¾ in. (26.04 × 19.69 cm). Collection of Mima and César Reyes, Puerto Rico
Photo: Raquel Pérez Puig

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Self-Portrait

    00:00:42
  • 02

    Autorretrato

    00:00:40

Self-Portrait Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Spaniards Named Her Magdalena, But Natives Call Her Yuma, 2013. Two-channel video installation, HD video (color, sound), concrete, metal, and water; 27 min. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Carolina Caycedo: The headlong stream is termed violent but the river bed hemming it in is termed violent by no one, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, 2013–14
Courtesy of the artist, Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Spaniards Named Her Magdalena, But Natives Call Her Yuma

    00:01:08
  • 02

    Los españoles lo llamaron Magdalena, pero los indígenas lo llaman Yuma

    00:01:36

Spaniards Named Her Magdalena, But Natives Call Her Yuma Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, San Gabriel, 2019. Photograph printed double-sided on cotton canvas; 670 × 63 in. (1701.8 × 160 cm). Courtesy of the artist, commissioned by OCMA. Installation view, Carolina Caycedo: Wanaawna, Rio Hondo and Other Spirits, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA, 2019-20
Photo: Lauren Hillary

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    San Gabriel (English)

    00:00:45
  • 02

    San Gabriel (Español)

    00:01:09

San Gabriel Transcripts

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Carolina Caycedo, Yuma, or the Land of Friends, 2014. Digital prints on glass and satellite images; mural: 19 × 15 ½ ft. (5.80 × 4.73 m). Installation view of 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Museen Dahlem, 2014
Courtesy of the artist

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Yuma, or the Land of Friends

    00:01:13
  • 02

    Yuma, o la Tierra de los amigos

    00:01:20

Yuma, or the Land of Friends Transcripts