Cecilia Vicuña (b.1948) is a Chilean artist, poet and activist whose work embraces a wide range of media. She left Chile in 1973 to study in London and was there when the military coup occurred, leading her to seek asylum. In London, in 1974, she became a co-founder of Artists for Democracy. From the 1980s, she has been a resident in New York. Her work addresses themes of human rights, female sensuality, ecology, memory, language and indigenous resistance, employing forms such as the quipu as central to her art.
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