Carolina Caycedo’s poster La vida en el centro (Life at the Center) follows the tradition of anti-nuclear protest imagery and language. The design incorporates two hands forming the shape of a vulva, a symbol with an important lineage in feminist protest. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp depicted this symbol in many of their textile banners as part of their anti-nuclear activism. In 1981, the Welsh group Women for Life on Earth marched from Cardiff to Greenham Common in Berkshire, England, to challenge the decision to site 96 nuclear cruise missiles there. On arrival, they delivered a letter to the Base Commander which, among other things, stated, “We fear for the future of all our children and for the future of the living world which is the basis of all life.” The expression, ‘La vida en el centro’ proposes a simple yet profound shift in values: to put aside profiteering and militarism, and to consider the preservation of all life on Earth as the primary focus of our collective actions.
Carolina Caycedo (1978) is a Colombian multidisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. Her immense geographic photographs, lively artist’s books, hanging sculptures, performances, films, and installations are not merely art objects but gateways into larger discussions about how we treat each other and the world around us. Process and participation are central to Caycedo’s practice; she contributes to the reconstruction of environmental and historical memory as a fundamental space for climate and social justice. Informed by Indigenous and feminist epistemologies, she confronts the role of the colonial gaze in the privatization and dispossession of land and water.