"Disappeared Quipu” pairs five ancient quipus on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University with a newly commissioned, site-specific installation by Vicuña that combines monumental strands of knotted wool with a four-channel video projection. Together, these quipus of the past and present explore the nature of language and memory, the resilience of native people in the face of colonial repression, and Vicuña’s own experiences living in exile from her native Chile. Each knot of Vicuña’s modern-day quipus gives radical possibility to the connective and expressive capacities of a language nearly lost to history.
“Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu,” organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum, is accompanied by participatory performances by the artist incorporating poetry and song.
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