Wilfredo Prieto b. 1978, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Wheelbarrow, soil, plant, and inkjet print
overall dimensions variable
A.P. 1/1, edition of 1
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014
Wilfredo Prieto made Walk the first time he left his native Cuba. During a residency on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, the artist put a plant in a wheelbarrow filled with soil and took it on a five-kilometer walking tour. While there is a comic absurdity to this gesture, Prieto’s work connects to a long tradition of walking in twentieth-century art, its precursors including the Situationists’ dérive (drift), the Surrealists’ unconscious explorations of Paris, Robert Smithson’s forays into the ruins of Passaic, New Jersey, and Francis Alÿs’s treks around Mexico City.