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.