Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Carolina Caycedo

In Criminal Women: Political Matters, an ongoing series of drawings begun in 2002, artist and activist Carolina Caycedo presents portraits of "women who have been criminalized legally or socially, for their actions or for their thoughts." Copying mass media images of such figures as Assata Olugbala Shakur, a former member of the Black Panthers jailed for killing a New Jersey state trooper, and Ulrike Meinhof, a co-founder of the Red Army Faction who allegedly committed suicide in prison. Caycedo subverts traditional notions of femininity by subjectively reconstructing the normally patriarchal account of social dissent, armed resistance and radicalism. Caycedo’s body of work moves beyond the gallery or museum space, engaging the public in sociopolitical thought and artfully bridging art and activism. 

Ulrike Meinhof, Assata Shakur, Karina and Leila Kahled from the series Criminal Women, Political Matters (2002-ongoing)
Pen, pencil, and marker on paper
11.5 x 8.5 in. each; 13 x 9.5 in. framed
Courtesy of Instituto de Visión and the artist
Photo: Courtesy of Instituto de Visión and the artist