Two electric fans stand before the viewer like mute oracles, their opposite, oscillating movements ceaselessly nodding “yes” and shaking “no.” In Yes/No, Wilfredo Prieto creates the possibility of bridging the gap between self and other, left and right, affirmation and negation, through the simple repurposing of mechanical movement. The fact that the fans move in different directions also serves as a metaphor for the continuously polarized confrontation between capitalist and socialist ideologies within Latin America.


  • Title: Yes/No
  • Creator: Wilfredo Prieto
  • Date Created: 2002
  • Physical Dimensions: overall dimensions variable; A.P. 1/1, edition of 1
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Copyright: Wilfredo Prieto. Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, June 13 - October 1, 2014
  • External Link: Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
  • Medium: Two motorized fans

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