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Cecilia Vicuña: Sonoran Quipu

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has had solo shows at some of the most prestigious museums in the world. Now she brings her unique artistic practice to MOCA Tucson.

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet and artist. She was born in Santiago, Chile in 1948 and worked in relative obscurity for several decades, but her creative power and sensitivity are no longer a secret. In the last few years, she has had solo exhibitions of her work at some of the most prestigious museums in the world including the Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Now she brings her unique artistic practice to MOCA Tucson for a show called Sonoran Quipu. A quipu (‘knot’ in Quechua) is an ancient Andean communication technology that uses knotted strings to record information and was banned by the Spanish during the colonization of South America. Vicuña reimagines the ancient quipu system, incorporating contemporary materials to highlight its capacity to connect worlds and people.

Producer/Editor: David Fenster
Videographer: Nate Huffman, David Fenster, Diana Cadena
Music: Ryan Chavira

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