Poetry in Translation – Kon Kon

This event took place on Sep 11, 2019

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 NWFF & Henry Art Gallery Members


Purchase tickets to both Kon Kon and the preceding Poetry in Translation bilingual poetry reading for
$20 General Admission
$12 NWFF & Henry Art Gallery Members

** Anyone who purchases a ticket to this show will receive a free admission to the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE and NE 41st St) – just retain your order confirmation or ticket stub **

Cecilia Vicuña


** Co-presented with Henry Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, with an introduction by Nina Bozicnik, the Henry’s Associate Curator **


In this documentary poem, Cecilia returns to Con Con beach, the birthplace of her art in Chile, where the sea is dying and an ancient tradition is being wiped out. Con Con, facing Aconcagua the tallest mountain in the Western hemisphere, has a cultural heritage going back thousands of years. Over centuries, the “sonido rajado”, a powerful and unique sound emerged. Revisiting the site, she explores the connections between her art and the ancient music and oral traditions while witnessing to the ecological and cultural destruction of place.


Poema documental autobiográfico donde Cecilia Vicuña regresa a Con cón, Chile, lugar de origen de su arte, donde el mar se está muriendo y las tradiciones locales desaparecen. Situado en la costa chilena, al pie del Aconcagua, la montaña más alta del hemisferio occidental, Con cón tiene un patrimonio cultural milenario. En esta zona evolucionó una forma musical única: el sonido rajado de los bailes chinos. Revisitando los sitios de una geografía sagrada olvidada, la artista explora las conexiones entre su arte y las antiguas tradiciones orales. En el proceso, su arte se hace testigo de la destrucción ecológica y cultural del lugar.


Co-presented with Henry Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen”

April 27, 2019 — September 15, 2019

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, the first major United States solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist, traces Vicuña’s career-long commitment to exploring discarded and displaced materials, peoples, and landscapes in a time of global climate change.

Working within the overlapping discourses of conceptual art, land art, poetry, and feminist art practices, Vicuña (Chile, born 1948) has long refused categorical distinctions, operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile. The exhibition includes sculpture, installation, drawing, video, and text-based work from Vicuña’s practice since the late 1960s, weaving together the artist’s many artistic disciplines as well as communities with shared relationships to the land and sea. Reframing dematerialization as both a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism and radical climate change, the exhibition examines a process that shapes public memory and responsibility.

Vicuña’s work has been performed and exhibited inter/nationally as part of documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, and The Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. The author of 22 books, her poetry has been translated into several languages. Vicuña has lived between her native country of Chile and the United States since 1980.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and co-curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley. The presentation at the Henry is organized by Nina Bozicnik, Associate Curator. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Walker Family Foundation. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by a gift from Virginia and Bagley Wright. Media sponsorship is provided by KUOW.

Photo credit: Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen [installation view, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. 2019]. Photo: Mark Woods.

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