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Cecilia Vicuña

¿Qué es para usted la poesía? / What Is Poetry to You? (1980)

A complement to Cecilia Vicuña’s exhibition on view in the galleries, this film was created while the artist was in exile from her native Chile. She interviews people in the streets, dance halls, and public parks of Bogotá, Colombia, including beggars, businessmen, sex workers, street performers, and students, asking simply: “What is poetry to you?” Ranging in tone from the philosophical and lyrical to the political, their responses point not just to the manifold ways poetry circulates in the minds and lives of individuals, but also ask for whom poetry exists, where it can be accessed, and what potency and potential it holds in turbulent times. (23:20 mins., 16mm film transferred to video)

Still from What is Poetry to You?

What is Poetry to You?/ ¿Qué es para Ud la Poesía?, image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Still from What is Poetry to You?

What is Poetry to You?/ ¿Qué es para Ud la Poesía?, image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Still from What is Poetry to You?

What is Poetry to You?/ ¿Qué es para Ud la Poesía?, image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Still from What is Poetry to You?

What is Poetry to You?/ ¿Qué es para Ud la Poesía?, image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Curated by Lucy I. Zimmerman, Assistant Curator.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services

SUPPORT FOR ARTS ACCESS AT THE WEXNER CENTER
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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Past Film/Video

Cecilia Vicuña