What Is Poetry to You?

Cecilia Vicuña

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Staff Picks What Is Poetry to You?
Cecilia Vicuña

23 Minutes
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Staff Picks

April 1-30, 2024

Vicuña asks passersby on the streets of Bogotá—including fellow artists and poets, sex workers, children, a police officer, and a scientist—the question: “What is poetry to you?” The surprising answers she elicits reveal the richness of oral culture in Colombia.

Presented as the April 2024 edition of e-flux Film’s monthly series Staff Picks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Latin America
Experimental Film, Video Art, Poetry, Documentary
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Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, performer, and sound and visual artist, who coined the concept of arte precario (or “precarious art”) in the 1960s in response to pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Born and raised in Santiago, she was exiled during the early 1970s after the violent military coup against President Salvador Allende. This sense of impermanence, and a desire to preserve and pay tribute to the indigenous history and culture of Chile, especially the Quipu (an Andean writing system or “knot-record” fashioned from string), have characterized her work throughout her career.


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