Misi-zaagiing Carolina Caycedo

September 6–December 1, 2018

Presented as part of The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea.

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Carolina Caycedo, Misi-zaagiing, 2018. Digital image printed on acrylic billboard, 72in x 108in.

For each exhibition, the Blackwood Gallery presents an artwork in the Bernie Miller Lightbox, a billboard-sized (108" x 72") venue installed on the outside of the William Davis Building where the two wings of the building meet at the end of the "Five Minute Walk".

This billboard is presented in conjunction with Carolina Caycedo's exhibition Those at the Great River-Mouth, on view in the e|gallery from September 6 to December 1, 2018.

Carolina Caycedo's exhibition and billboard are presented within The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a year-long project series that aims to foster a deeper public awareness of the complex entanglements of ecologies of excess, environmental legacies of colonialism, the financialization of nature, contemporary catastrophism, politics of sustainability, climate justice, and resilience. It sets out to develop durable visual-cultural literacies and invites publics to create new encounters in the common struggle for a future.

Project Description

Misi-zaagiing, 2018.
Digital image printed on acrylic billboard, 72in x 108in.

“Mississauga” comes from the Anishinaabe word Misi-zaagiing, meaning “[Those at the] Great River-mouth.” The image of flowing water unfolds, transforms, and mutates until it constitutes a new disposition which looks back and speaks to us. These new configurations of rivers and bodies of water are intended to expand the visual and mental space, where water generates its own form, face, and its own particular voice.

Artist Biography

Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs, and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups, and communities that are affected by developmental projects, including the constructions of dams, and the privatization of water and its consequences on riverside communities. She has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota, Quezon City, Toronto, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Mexico DF, Tijuana, and London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession; Intermediae-Matadero, Madrid; Agnes B Gallery, Paris; Alianza Francesa, Bogotá; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; and DAAD Gallery, Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including Sao Paulo (2016); Berlin (2014); Paris Triennial (2013); New Museum (2011); Havana (2009); Whitney (2006); Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001).



The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.