Two Eccles Fellows discuss the artist books and poetry of Cecilia Vicuña and Native American art
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Language Matters: Cecilia Vicuña's Artist Books and Multilingual Poetry
The last few years have seen a surge of interest in the Chilean-born, New York-based artist and poet, Cecilia Vicuña. Much of this interest concerns the visual arts, where Vicuña is known for an array of practices including painting, filmmaking, and large-scale immersive installations. Yet Vicuña has also maintained a lively practice as a poet, where she combines and mixes both languages and media. In this talk, Rebecca Kosick introduces listeners to Vicuña's poetry and her artist books, including examples held in the British Library. Vicuña's incorporation of English, Spanish, and Quechua (as well as string and other material elements) in these books demonstrates her commitment to sustaining Latin American and indigenous linguistic traditions in a challenging political landscape. It also illustrates how multilinguistic and multimedia strategies work together to advance poetry's reach and impact.
Native American Art
With traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw basket techniques using nontraditional material of cut paper woven into flat mats and baskets, Sarah Sense has taught herself a weaving practice using photographic images, exposing socio-political themes effecting Native peoples. When traveling to meet Indigenous artists in their communities throughout the Americas and Southeast Asia, she learned about artists making art in and from the land of their community with local source materials, closely linking land to traditional preservation. In this talk she will discuss how her weaving tells stories drawing on these connections.
Rebecca Kosick is a lecturer in translation studies in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. There, she co-directs the Bristol Poetry Institute. She is a 2019 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow.
Sarah Sense is from Sacramento, California, and is currently living in Bristol. While curator/director of the American Indian Community House Gallery, New York City, Sense catalogued the gallery’s thirty-year history, inspiring her search for international Indigenous Art. Moving to Santiago, Chile, afforded an in-depth search ensuing Weaving the Americas, A Search for Native Art in the Western Hemisphere, a book and exhibition launching her international endeavours.
The Summer Scholars season of free lunchtime talks explores the broad and exciting range of research being conducted in the North American collections at the British Library by Eccles Centre Fellows and Award winners. Tea and coffee will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.