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Image: Carolina Caycedo. From the Bottom of the River, Installation view at MCA Chicago Dec 12, 2020–Sep 12, 2021, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago. Image courtesy of the artist

London-born, Los Angeles-based Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo’s multidisciplinary works reflect her participation in resistance movements and strong interest in environmental justice. By harnessing participation and collective practice, her works spans sculpture, performance, photography and video to reflect on and interrogate ways in which we construct historical environmental memory, energy transitions and cultural biodiversity. Through her works, she challenges the viewer to reassess our relationship to nature, seeing it not as a resource ripe for exploitation but instead a living, transcendent entity that fosters human connection.

Her first survey exhibition in Europe is being hosted at Gateshead’s BALTIC from Saturday 28th May until Sunday 29th January 2023, providing an overview of her works from the past two decades. The collection will include pieces from many of Caycedo’s major series, including the ongoing work Be Dammed, which uses mixed media to take a critical eye to the impact of hydroelectric dams and similar large-scale infrastructure projects on both human lives and the wider environment. Continuing to explore Caycedo’s long-standing interest in humans’ relationship to bodies of water, the retrospective also features a new commission inspired by the Tyne, an expansion to her River Book series. Diverse and thought-provoking, this exhibition will give a unique overview of a contemporary artist dedicated to placing environmental justice at the heart of her works.

Carolina Caycedo’s exhibition is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Saturday 28th May until Sunday 29th January 2023.

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