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La Violeta: Making the Transparent Opaque in Violeta Parra’s Work

  • Jerónimo Duarte Riascos
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Abstract

This essay proposes to understand the overall production of Violeta Parra as a single work composed using multiple practices and behaviors that the artist embraced during her lifetime. This single work, in turn, demands a reading that exceeds the traditional accounts that pair Parra with Chilean folklore and with a national essence. In response, this essay proposes exploring Parra’s work in general, and her visual components in particular, as manifestations of the “opacity” defined by Edouard Glissant. This allows for an unfixed meaning, one dependent on the relation of the work with its outside rather than one that adheres in its alleged root.

Keywords

Violeta Parra Chile Opacity Painting Folklore Visual work Art Literature 

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  • Jerónimo Duarte Riascos
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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