Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña.

Her lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory.

Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Her work centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (Uni of California, 2009), Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (co-authored with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (forthcoming Uni of Chicago, 2017). With Andrea Andersson, she is the co-curator of the first major exhibition of the work of Cecilia Vicuña (Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2017).

Date: Thursday, 4 May 2017, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Venue: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Admission is free.

Bookings are required as seating is limited.

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