Carolina Caycedo makes work that addresses the commons, environmental justice, just energy transition and cultural and environmental biodiversity. Through her studio practice and fieldwork with communities impacted by large-scale infrastructure and other extraction projects, she invites viewers to consider the unsustainable pace of growth under capitalism and how we might embrace resistance and solidarity.
Process and participation are central to Caycedo’s practice, bringing a collective dimension through performances, photographs and videos. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental memory as a fundamental space for climate and social justice. It challenges us to understand nature not as a resource to be exploited, but as a living and spiritual entity that unites people beyond borders.
For Caycedo’s first survey exhibition in Europe, BALTIC presents an overview of her artistic practice over the past twenty years, alongside a new commission inspired by the River Tyne, which expands her ongoing River Book series. The exhibition will feature works from major series including Be Dammed (2012–ongoing), a multimedia project that examines the impact of hydroelectric dams and other major infrastructure projects on communities and the environment.
Caycedo was born in London to Colombian parents. She lives in Los Angeles. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Ballroom Marfa, Texas (with David de Rozas) (2021); MCA Chicago (2020); Art Gallery of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (2020); ICA Boston (2020); Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź (2019); Orange County Museum of Art, California (2019). She has participatd in numerous group exhibitions including 15 Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2021), We Are History, Somerset House, London (2021); LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo de Barrio, New York (2021); the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019; the 45 Salón Nacional de Artistas in Colombia (2019). Caycedo is the 2020 Inaugural Borderlands Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands-Arizona State University and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics; and the 2021 Inaugural Latinx Artists Fellow. U.S Latinx Art Forum, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellow Foundation.
Carolina Caycedo invites you to contribute to her work Museo de la Calle / Street Museum (1998/2022) by bringing in a hand-made object to BALTIC between 20 July–28 August, which will be displayed as part of the work. Objects will be on display until January 2023, when their owners will be able to exchange them for different objects brought in by someone else. Find out more here.
We are committed to making our exhibitions as accessible and inclusive as possible. Below are resources and alternative ways to explore Carolina Caycedo: Land of Friends. You can find out more about accessibility at BALTIC here.
Find out what to expect when visiting Carolina Caycedo: Land of Friends with this Visual Story guide - a guide with words and pictures. It is sometimes called a Social Narrative.
You can use Recite Me, a web accessibility and language toolbar, across BALTIC's website to make web pages, text and documents more accessible for you. The Recite Me toolbar includes text read aloud or translated into 35 different languages. You can find Recite Me on the top left corner of the page, click the 'Accessibility Tools' button.
Download the exhibition guide here
Audio Descriptive Text
You can download the Audio Descriptive Text document here. You can play the text aloud by clicking the green play button in the top left hand corner, or the grey play button that appears in the ‘Recite me’ pop up when hovering over the text. Here you can also play the text translated into 35 different languages.
If you need any help while visiting the exhibition, please talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Crew team. They will be present in the exhibition room near the entrance.