“VIOLETAS DEL MAULE” PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ARTIST IN HER CENTENNIAL
OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTION JOINED THE TRIBUTE THAT UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS ARE PAYING TO THE RENOWNED CHILEAN ARTIST AND CREATOR ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER BIRTH.
June 16, 2017
Maulean women met for a week to create, imagine and reflect together on the figure of Violeta Parra, in a collective tapestry workshop promoted by the Regional Council of Culture and the Arts together with our University as a tribute to the centennial of the artist.
Violeta is recognized not only as a singer and songwriter, but also as a whole artist, whose singing was poetry and whose creative talent was extended to the visual arts. Evidence of the latter are the works in oil paintings, burlap and papier mache and exhibited in the Violeta Parra museum, part of which the artist exhibited in 1964 at the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre Palace in Paris.
The workshop, developed between June 12 and 17, brought together 40 women who, together with reflecting on the life and work of Violeta, embroidered, sew together pieces of tissues, and then gathered their work to create a tapestry that will be exhibited during the second semester at the Curicó, Talca and Linares campuses, along with a program of talks.
This work sought to value collective creation as a habit and part of our Culture, according to textile artist Daniela Pizarro, who directed it. "The first two days we had conversations around the figure of Violeta Parra as a woman, mother, artist, lover, traveler, etc. She was a very powerful woman.
She dusted off folklore, presented her work abroad but, at the same time, she was a very invisible figure due to her complexity, because of what it represents, because it is the profile of a woman of the '50s and a mother from those times. Subsequent to these reflections, we began with the patchwork work, that is the union of pieces of tissues, the creation of dolls, quilt and embroidery," said Pizarro.
For her part, the director of Cultural and Artistic Extension, Marcela Albnornoz, said that this project "wants to value different aspects of the life of this great artist that marked the Chilean cultural history. Her talents were multiple, one of the women that has most influenced popular music, poetry, burlap, the collection of peasant music, among many other challenges that she knew how to assume. Here we honor her textile work, her music and her history; all examples of universal qualities that our students should know and value.
One of the participants in this workshop, Valeska Robles, defined this activity as a privilege. "That the University of Talca pays tribute to Violeta Parra allows the community to also come to this celebration. Violeta is a very important artist for the women gathered here and in general for the country. She is well known abroad, she was the first Latin American performer to arrive at the Museum of the Louvre, and she gave a turn of the screw to Chilean poetry and popular folk music. She rescued the indigenous roots of the poor and workers. It is obvious to pay tribute to her and I am happy to be a part of this," she emphasized.
Valeska Robles added that to do something manual, and even more, done by women from the Maule Region, is very powerful "because we are aware that each one of those who are here has something of Violeta and is a collaborative work, which is something that the artist encouraged a lot."
One of the women who participated in this initiative was Paola Contardo, who recognized that the initiative of the Extension Center was great surprise. "It is something good that it is difficult to size if you're not immersed in it as it is happening. It is very nice to enter Violeta’s world, to know her it in all her angles, to be able to rethink her and make her part of you because, despite the fact that she is one of the most important women in Chile, I believe that there is still much mystery behind her," said Paola recognizing that she never thought she would be sewing, "but finally, one is complementing the work with our personal work. First we agreed on what were the concepts to rescue from Violeta’s life and then, in groups, we began to work with the fabrics that represent emotions, colors and objects of her life. This is a great moment of celebration and I welcome the fact that the University of Talca has had this idea," she concluded.
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