Artist Projects

Be Dammed


Carolina Caycedo

Serpent River Book is a 72 page accordion fold artist-book, that combines archival images, maps, poems, lyrics, satellite photos, with the artist's own research on river bio-cultural diversity. The fluctuating publication takes form in a long and meandering collage that can frame many narratives. As a book it can be opened, pleated and read in many directions, and has a performatic potential to it, functioning as a score, or as a workshop tool. Serpent River Book gathers visual and written materials compiled by the artist while working in Colombian, Brazilian, and Mexican communities affected by the industrialization and privatization of river systems. In the related 2 channel video To Stop Being a Threat and to Become a Promise, natural and industrial imagery is juxtaposed to illustrate the effects of river-damming projects. Challenging the concept of natural resources, and the landscape framing, the artist experiments with psychedelic visuals to cast a spell on infrastructure and progress. These works are part of the ongoing body of work Be Dammed, that investigates the effects of extractivism on natural and social landscapes, exploring the power dynamics associated with the corporatization and decimation of water resources.

Project Updates

  • Experience a site-specific dance performance that embodies Carolina Cayedo’s River Serpent Book, a recently completed publication that encompasses five years of research on the significance and impact of damming rivers.