‘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
Fragment from La balada de las sirenas secas (The Ballad of the Dry Mermaids), video 4K, 31:57 min, audio, colour, loop, 2020, commissioned by st_age, TBA 21 | 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 & 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).

Las Viudas del Agua
MODATIMA (Movimiento de defensa del agua, la tierra y la protección del medio ambiente).
MUCAM (Museo Campesino en Movimiento)
Códice Maya Tro Cortesiano, Museo las Américas
  • No poverty
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions