The artist Cecilia Vicuña grew up in Chile’s Maipo Valley, where as a teen she made her first abstract paintings in a studio built for her by her father. At university she majored in Fine Arts but was also drawn to politics and poetry. In 1973, when Pinochet’s coup d’état rocked the country, Vicuña self-exiled in London, and began using art to protest human rights violations. In 1979, in the Columbian capital, she gathered an audience and spilled a large glass of white paint, an act that referred to the almost 2,000 children who had died from contaminated milk. Vicuña’s artistic production, beginning with its early days, is the subject of this exhibition. There will be paintings, works on paper, installations, and Quipu, a one-time performance. —E.C.
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