El Paro (detalle)
Framed silkscreen & process print
55,5 x 72,3 cm
Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about this work
This edition is a silkscreen detail out of Cecilia Vicuña’s 2018 painting El Paro (The Strike), which in itself is an adaptation of a work on paper titled Paro Nacional (National Strike) from 1977. The red banner on the top left reads: “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido (The people united will never be defeated)”.
Images of both the oil on linen painting from 2018 and the oil & pastel on paper from 1977 are included below as a reference.
about Cecilia Vicuña
Cecilia Vicuña has dedicated her life to reclaiming the ancient indigenous knowledge of her homeland and positioning it in dialogue with the contemporary world. In her multifaceted practice, she deploys this universal wisdom like a talisman against unbridled capitalism and environmental destruction. Through poetry, painting, installations and ritualistic performances, she aims to awaken a spirit of collective activism in her audiences and to disrupt the negative forces that are destroying both the planet and humanity.
Born and raised in Santiago, the artist was forced into exile during the military coup against President Salvador Allende in the 1970s. This experience brought the precarious nature of human existence into ever sharper focus. Vicuña is particularly known for two ongoing bodies of work that she has been making since the 1960s: precarios and quipus. Both have their origins in ancient Andean traditions. The former are diminutive spatial poems crafted from feathers, stone, plastic, wood, wire, shells, cloth, and other artificial detritus, which are often looped together into organic constellations. The quipus are based on an ancient Andean method of communication and record-keeping involving the knotting of coloured strings. Vicuña uses unspun wool to make her own transitory and site-specific quipu installations.
(courtesy of Xavier Hufkens)