Violeta Parra: Her Museum and Carpa as Spaces of Nostalgia

  • Patricia Vilches


Since her death in 1967, Violeta Parra has inhabited two meta/physical geographical spaces in Santiago: a Carpa (tent) and her tomb in the General Cemetery. Now, she also has her own museum. In the Carpa, she struggled for visitors’ attention; in her museum, she achieves a final ascendancy. Studying Parra’s Sixties-era Carpa over and against her new museum represents, then, a nostalgic voyage to a particular and meaning-filled point in Chile’s past, a time when the nation was on the verge of Allende’s contentious presidential election (1970) and its violent aftermath. The larger goal, however, is to understand Parra’s space in a nation that is still coming to terms with her life, death, and legacy.


Violeta Parra Nostalgia Museum Carpa de la Reina Legacy 


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  • Patricia Vilches
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  1. 1.Harlaxton CollegeHarlaxtonUK

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