Para no morir de hambre en el arte (1979)

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Para no morir de hambre en el arte is a multi-faceted 'art action' performed in 1979 addressing the problem of hunger and poverty, endowing milk with the symbolic power to represent this unrepresentable political issue. The performance consisted of several actions: passing out milk to people in Santiago's slums; parading milk trucks through the city's streets; calling attention to the performance with full-page ads in periodicals; enacting the group's message in front of the local United Nations building; altering the façade of a museum to draw it into the theme of the performance; broadcasting, through loudspeakers located outside the CEPAL building, a critical speech; and filling an acrylic box with 100 milk bags, an issue of the periodical 'HOY' and an audiotape with the broadcasted critical speech in an art gallery.Shown in this video clip is camera material of the action inside the gallery. Artists and audience gather around the acrylic box; a close-up allows reading an inscription: 'Para permanecer hasta que nuestro pueblo acceda a sus consumos básicos de alimentos' ('To remain until our people have access to their basic food needs'). The artists then seal the box. They talk about the connections between art, society, and politics, as well as about their interaction with the inhabitants of marginalized communities.


HIDVL Video Holdings

Para no morir de hambre en el arte
Para no morir de hambre en el arte (unedited footage)
Para no morir de hambre en el arte (production notes)
Para no morir de hambre en el arte (scrolling of performance synopsis : English version)
Acciones sobre arte y política CADA, 1979-1985 (still images)

Additional Info

  • Title: Para no morir de hambre en el arte (unedited footage)
  • Alternate Title: For not dying of starvation in art
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: varies
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 3 Oct 1979
  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Type-Format: performance, demonstration, multimedia, documentary
  • Cast: Luz Donoso, Jaime Valenzuela, Fedora Torreblanca, participants.
  • Credits: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte), producer, director; Lotty Rosenfeld, Diamela Eltit, Raúl Zurita, Juan Castillo, Fernando Balcells, creators.
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