–translated by Suzanne Jill Levine

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean poet, artist, filmmaker, and political activist whose work addresses topics such as ecological destruction, cultural homogenization, and economic disparity, particularly the way in which such phenomena disenfranchise the already powerless. She was born and raised in Santiago de Chile, and has been in exile since the early 1970s when the murder of elected president Salvador Allende by General Pinochet found her in London.She performs and exhibits her work internationally; museums that have exhibited her work include the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Art in General, NYC, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Vicuña has authored and published sixteen books, most of which have been translated into several languages. http://www.ceciliavicuna.org/