Violeta Parra: Life and Work

Lorna Dillon, Leonidas Morales, Patricio Manns, Ericka Verba, Paula Miranda , Romina A Green, Marjorie Agosín , Serda Yalkin, Catherine Boyle, Gina Canepa 

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This multicomponent output, a volume involving nine international contributors over a two-year period. Dillon takes a radical and extremely original position within Violeta Parra studies, shattering the conception of Parra as a folk musician who made crafts, and repositioning Parra as a modern artist. This was the first book to bring together research on the full range of Parra's creative praxis, and the first scholarly book on Violeta Parra’s work to be published in English. For most of her life Parra worked as a musician, researcher, poet and performer. In the final phase of her life, she created visual art. Her majestic embroideries (arpilleras), paintings and sculptures were exhibited internationally. All the different facets of Parra's creativity are discussed in this book which set the volume apart from earlier publications.
Following fieldwork in Chile, Dillon authored an original chapter ‘Violeta Parra’s Contribution to the 1960s Art Scene’. Up until 2007, Parra’s art was dispersed in private collections and inaccessible until exhibited for the first time in Palacio la Moneda in Santiago Chile. In 2015 a dedicated Museum to her work opened: the Museo Violeta Parra (Santiago, Chile). Following analysis of Parra’s art, this chapter takes a radical and original approach to Parra’s creativity, presenting her as an artist who was at the forefront of movements such as Pop Art and Neo Dadaism. Dillon’s other contributions include the introduction to the volume and the conclusion co-authored with Gina Canepa Hurtado. In the conclusion, they reflect on the field of Violeta Parra studies. Dillon conducted research translations of a seminal text by the world-renowned musician Patricio Manns from Spanish into English; co-translated a more philosophical text by the late Professor Leonidas Morales (1937-2019) and translated new research on Parra’s work with the Mapuche community (by Paula Miranda) for inclusion in the volume.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherTamesis Books
Number of pages214
ISBN (Electronic)9781787440715
ISBN (Print)9781855663213
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Oct 2017


  • Violeta Parra
  • Chilean art
  • Arpillera
  • Chilean music
  • folk music
  • collage
  • La carpa de la reina
  • Pop Art


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