Cecilia Vicuña Palabrarma: armada por todos (Wordweapon: Armed by All ) from the series AMAzone Palabrarmas 1978

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 205

Vicuña was studying in London at the time of the 1973 military coup in Chile. Exiled from her home country, she committed herself to activism from abroad and to the research of Indigenous cultures of the Americas. During a trip across the Amazon rainforest in 1977, she had a vision of a palabrarma : a “word- weapon” that would mobilize poetic language as a form of political resistance. Each drawing in this series is a playful reinvention of existing words, unfolding new meanings out of their parts.

Gallery label from 2022
Ink and pencil on paper
sheet: 8 1/2 × 11" (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
Latin American and Caribbean Fund, Modern Women's Fund, gift of Agnes Gund, Amalia Amoedo, María Luisa Ferré Rangel (in honor of Cyril Meduña) and Juan Yarur Torres (in honor of Amalia Amoedo)
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