‘Juan López, cantor a la sequía’ (Juan López, singer to the drought), 2020 Patricia Domínguez

This video, part of La balada de las sirenas secas (The Ballad of the Dry Mermaids) (2020), is a call to the cultural heritage of the Petorca region through the voice of a canto a lo divino (a rural song to the divine), and Juan López, who lives in Palquico, one of the areas of Chile deeply affected by the lack of water due to privatization. Juan lives surrounded by the skeletons of hundreds of animals that died because of drought. He has transformed the traditional song to the divine into one to the drought, and to the anxiety that faces the farmers in the region.

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20/10 2020
Patricia Domínguez
Juan López, cantor a la sequía (Juan López, singer to the drought), 2020
Fragment from La balada de las sirenas secas (The Ballad of the Dry Mermaids), 2020 [31 min 54 sec]
Single-channel video, color, sound
9 min 23 sec
Camera and Cinematography Emilia Martín | Assistant Camera and Sound Recording Ce Pams | Music Futuro Fósil | 3D animation Álvaro Muñoz | Cast and Dialogue Las Viudas del Agua | Cantor a lo Divino Juan López | Drone Recordings Cárol Pastenes and Jorge Pérez | LED Costume Alejando Abos-Padilla | Aguagramas Costume design Patricia Claro | Sound and Video Editing Patricia Domínguez
Filmed in Petroglifos El Pedernal, Palquico, La Ligua, Plantaciones de aguacates El Carmen (Province of Petorca, Chile)
Acknowledgments - Las Viudas del Agua, MODATIMA (Movimiento de Defensa del Agua, la Tierra y la Protección del Medio Ambiente), MUCAM (Museo Campesino en Movimiento), and Códice Maya Tro Cortesiano, Museo de América, Madrid
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age
  • No poverty
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions