The life and death of Victor Jara

just read this great article (link below). Victor Jara is featured in   Ai Weiwei’s beautiful  ‘Stay Tuned’  exhibit (@Large at Alcatraz).

The life and death of Victor Jara

from the @Large exhibition book:


I don’t sing for the love of singing,
or because I have a good voice,
I sing because my guitar
has both feeling and reason.
It has a heart of earth
and the wings of a dove,
it is like holy water,
blessing joy and grief.
My song has found a purpose
as Violeta* would say.
Hardworking guitar,
with a smell of spring.

My guitar is not for the rich
no, nothing like that.
My song is of the ladder
we are building to reach the stars.
For a song has meaning
when it beats in the veins
of a man who will die singing,
truthfully singing his songs.

My song is not for fleeting praise
nor to gain foreign fame,
it is for this narrow country
to the very depth of the earth.
There, where everything comes to rest
and where everything begins,
song which has been brave song
will be forever new.

-by Victor Jara  *Reference to Violeta Parra (1917-1967), Chilean ethnomusicologist visual artist, and founder of the New Chilean Song movement.


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