Carolina Caycedo

Spiral for Shared Dreams

Through May 19, 2024


Carolina Caycedo. Espiral para sueños compartidos (Spiral for Shared Dreams), from the series Cosmoatarrayas. 2022. Nylon, polypropylene, hemp, dye, and metal, installation dimensions variable. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Fund for the Twenty First Century, Latin American and Caribbean Fund, and Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Dorado. Digital image © 2023 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • MoMA, Floor 2 The Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium

How can art draw our attention to models of resistance to environmental threats? For more than a decade, Carolina Caycedo has posed this question through video, performance, and sculpture, investigating the impact of hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure on rivers, lakes, and oceans throughout the Americas—and on the communities that depend on those waters.

Spiral for Shared Dreams is made from 11 handmade atarrayas, or fishing nets, created by four fishing communities in Mexico—the Mujeres Pescadoras del Manglar in Oaxaca, Salvemos Temacapulín in Jalisco, Cooperativa Norte in Nayarit, and Sociedad Cooperativa Mujeres del Golfo in Baja California Sur—that face different environmental challenges.

Natural and mythological figures appear on some of the nets: a shrimp; an eye representing Chalchiuhtlicue, an Aztec goddess associated with fresh water, childbirth, and sensuality; and the Aztec glyph atl, which, for Caycedo, “stands for a dignified rage, which inspires a lot of us who share dreams for change.” Histories of craft, resistance, and environmental activism converge in these delicate monuments to modes of living that exist in close relation to nature.

Organized by Inés Katzenstein, Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, with Julia Detchon, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund.

Major funding is provided by the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Additional funding is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund. Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Eva and Glenn Dubin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Kenneth C. Griffin, Alice and Tom Tisch, the Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Mimi Haas, The David Rockefeller Council, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and The
Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art. Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by The Sundheim Family Foundation.


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