Raúl Zurita: La vida nueva

This is a video documentation of the writing of the poem 'La Vida Nueva' in New York City's sky. For this 'performance-acción' or ‘poesía-acción’ (‘poetry-action’), five planes drew white smoke letters silhouetted over the blue sky. The poem was written in Spanish as form of recognition for all the minority groups all over the world. The photographs of this ‘poesía-acción’ are included in the book ‘Anteparaíso’ (‘Anteparadise,’ a bilingual edition, University of California Press, 1986).

Full text of the poem:


LA VIDA NUEVA

MI DIOS ES HAMBRE

MI DIOS ES NIEVE

MI DIOS ES PAMPA

MI DIOS ES NO

MI DIOS ES DESENGAÑO

MI DIOS ES CARROÑA

MI DIOS ES PARAÍSO

MI DIOS ES CHICANO

MI DIOS ES CÁNCER

MI DIOS ES VACÍO


MI DIOS ES HERIDA

MI DIOS ES GHETTO

MI DIOS ES DOLOR

MI DIOS ES MI AMOR DE DIOS


Biography

Raúl Zurita (Santiago de Chile, 1950) is a poet who, along with other artists, created the group CADA, Colectivo de Acciones de Arte, in 1979. CADA developed a large format or ‘monumental’ public art, characterized for being political and as a form of resistance against Pinochet’s dictatorship. Some of Zurita’s books are ‘Purgatorio’ (1979), ‘Anteparaíso’ (1982), ‘Canto a su amor desaparecido’ (1985), ‘La Vida Nueva’ (1994), ‘INRI’ (2003) y ‘Zurita’ (2011). He has traced poems in the sky (New York, 1982), and permanently in the Atacama desert (Chile, 1993). He has received the Guggenhaim and DAAD scholarships from Germany, and has obtained awards such as the Pablo Neruda and the National Literature Award in Chile, and the José Lezama Lima Award (Cuba, 2006), among others.

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/xd2548pt

Additional Info

  • Title: Raúl Zurita: La vida nueva
  • Alternate Title: Escritura en el cielo
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:07:06
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 2 June 1982
  • Location: Recorded in New York City on June 2, 1982.
  • Type-Format: performance, demonstration
  • Credits: Raúl Zurita, director; Diamela Eltit, Lotty Rosenfeld, producers; Juan Downey, videographer; Ana María López, photographer.
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