COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest

Serpentine Pavilion

27 Sep 2019 - 8:00 PM

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019:
Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest

Pioneering artist Cecilia Vicuña presented Clit Nest, a participatory and poetic performance that reimagines the Serpentine Pavilion’s roof as a connector to the cosmos and its cave-like interior as a womb. 

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For Clit Nest, a new participatory poetic performance, pioneering artist Cecilia Vicuña weaved a temporary nest for the clitoris of the earth, to birth collectively a culture of solidarity with the earth and each other.

With additional support by
Catherine Petigas
Lehmann Maupin

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights and cultural homogenisation. Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, she has been in exile since the early 1970s, after the military coup against president elect Salvador Allende. Vicuña began creating precarious works and quipus in the mid-1960s in Chile, as a way of "hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard". Her multi-dimensional works begin as a poem, an image that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance. These ephemeral, site-specific installations in nature, streets and museums combine ritual and assemblage. Vicuña calls this impermanent, participatory work “lo precario” (the precarious): transformative acts that bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. Her paintings of early 1970s decolonised the art of the conquerors and the "saints" inherited from the Catholic Church, to create irreverent images of the heroes of the revolution. Vicuña’s work has featured in institutional exhibitions in at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, Santiago; the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; Art in General in New York; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Berkeley Art Museum; Berkeley, Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Vicuña has published numerous art and poetry books, including Kuntur Ko (Tornsound, 2015), Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Cloud Net (Art in General, 2000) and Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). In 2009, she co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: 500 years of Latin American Poetry (Oxford University Press) and is the editor of ÜL: Four Mapuche Poets (Latin American Literary Review Press, 1997). Vicuña was appointed the Messenger Lecturer 2015 at Cornell University, an honour bestowed on authors who contribute to the "evolution of civilisation for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business and social life". Vicuña divides her time between Chile and New York.

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Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

Cecilia Vicuña Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña, Clit Nest, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña, A Ritual Performance by the Sea, documenta 14, Athens, Greece, April 10, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Mathias Voelzke.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. April 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and the Henry Art Gallery. Photo: Chona Kasinger.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. April 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and the Henry Art Gallery. Photo: Chona Kasinger.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Brooklyn Museum, NY, September 23, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography.
Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña, A Ritual Performance by the Sea, documenta 14, Athens, Greece, April 10, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Mathias Voelzke.
Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña, A Ritual Performance by the Sea, documenta 14, Athens, Greece, April 10, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Mathias Voelzke.
Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña d14

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Brooklyn Museum, NY, September 23, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Brooklyn Museum, NY, September 23, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Brooklyn Museum, NY, September 23, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. April 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and the Henry Art Gallery. Photo: Chona Kasinger.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. April 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and the Henry Art Gallery. Photo: Chona Kasinger.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. April 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and the Henry Art Gallery. Photo: Chona Kasinger.
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, Living Quipu Performance, Brooklyn Museum, NY, September 23, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and The Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography.
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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuña