Cecilia Vicuña: Brain Forest Quipu
October 11, 2022 - April 16, 2023
Tate Modern:
London SE1 9TGña

For the prestigious Hyundai commission overtaking Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Colombian artist Cecila Vicuña transformed the soaring space into a multimedia experience that mourns the destruction of nature and the loss of Indigenous history and culture. Hanging nearly 90 feet from the ceiling are two textile sculptures woven together with found objects, unspun wool, plant fibers, rope, and cardboard to evoke a ghostly, bleached-out forest. Accompanying them are sound installations created in collaboration with composer Ricardo Gallo that brings together Indigenous music from around the world and field recordings of nature. Throughout, Vicuña urges visitors to think about the destruction of forests, violence against Indigenous people, and how we can come together in a spirit of repair.

Photography by Sonal Bakrania, courtesy of the artist and Tate.

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