Waving In & Out
Bring in the Realy
Carolina Caycedo’s work often consists of a series of actions intended to extend art beyond the confines of the gallery or museum. Seeking to engage the public in social interactions and political gestures, her work bridges art and activism.
In this context, Solo Under, a juke box normally situated in a bar or restaurant, immediately attracts with the greatest hits of Raggaeton from the 1990’s.
The selection of music within the juke box is a genre of popular music that is “authentically” Puerto Rican and is a hybrid of Latin and African-American musical influences.
Courtesy of the Artist and The Artist Pension Trust Mexico City.
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.
Assata Shakur (b. JoAnne Deborah Byron) was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. According to her website, she was pulled over by New Jersey State Police on May 2, 1973, shot twice and charged with the murder of a police officer. Apprehended in 1977 and found guilty for murder, Shakur was sentenced to life in prison. She escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, where she has been living under political asylum and in exile since. In 2013, she was named a most wanted terrorist by the FBI—the first woman ever to make the list.Carolina Caycedo