Carolina Caycedo, “El Hambre Como Maestra/ Hunger As Teacher” (2017), installation view (image courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, photo by Ruben Diaz)

Carolina Caycedo‘s ongoing Be Damned project investigates the environmental and social consequences of dams in riverside communities throughout Latin America. Beginning with fieldwork on location, Caycedo expands on her research to create a rich and vibrant body of work that includes drawings, films, and sculptures made from found objects like fishing nets and bottled samples of river water.

To commemorate the closing of her exhibition El Hambre Como Maestra at Commonwealth and Council, Caycedo will be holding a six-hour vigil in honor of the 185 environmental activists who were killed in 2016 defending their land. These include Berta Cáceres, who was shot dead in her home in Honduras, and Nilce de Souza Magalhães, a prominent leader of the Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens in Brazil. It will also pay homage to recently deceased Colombian Kogui shaman Mamo Pedro Juan, who likened a dam to a “knot in the anus,” in the way in which it separates people from their bodies of water. Finally, Caycedo will read from her River Serpent Book, an accordion-fold artist book incorporating imagery and text from her research, that is also on view in the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

When: Saturday, October 21, 12–6pm
Where: Commonwealth and Council (3006 W 7th Street, #220, Koreatown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.