The Story of the Red Thread
Michele Faguet (Ed.)
From the 1970s to the present, Chilean artist, poet and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña’s (b. 1948) work has used red thread to visually and poetically engage with rituals from Aboriginal Australia, South Africa, Paleolithic Europe and pre-Columbian America. Vicuña’s performances, site-specific installations, paintings and drawings relate to the symbolic function of textile and language in terms of femininity, maternity and the support and continuation of life. Published on the occasion of Vicuña’s installation in Athens for dOCUMENTA (14), Read Thread tells the story of the sanguine thread in Vicuña’s work—a kind of weaving-as-writing—and conveys the tension of ecological disaster and reparation as well as a bodily sense of the cosmic scale of landscape, history and time. Alongside historical and recent documentation of Vicuña’s large-scale installations, the softcover publication extensively illustrates her drawings, poetic texts and narratives relating the works to their political and historical context. Essays by dOCUMENTA (14) curator Dieter Roelstraete and art historian José de Nordenflycht Concha complete the book.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 148 pp
14 b&w and 67 color
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