Cecilia Vicuña, the mystery of the Inca quipus

Investigation by Charlotte Groult

A Chilean artist with a protean and committed oeuvre, Cecilia Vicuña has been working for nearly forty years on quipus, the mysterious knotted cords used by the Incas before they were destroyed. While we do not know exactly what these objects represent, we still know that they are midway between a language and a mode of calculation.