Artists for Democracy, 1974-2014
Artists for Democracy (AFD) was founded on May 6th, 1974, in London by Cecilia Vicuña, David Medalla, John Dugger, and Guy Brett to organize The Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile and other projects of solidarity with liberation struggles around the world. AFD mobilized artists and intellectuals around the world, who responded to our call to donate and create art works to be auctioned in support of the Chilean struggle to restore democracy.
Kon Kon (trailer), 2010
In this documentary poem, Cecilia returns to Con Con beach, the birthplace of her art in Chile, where the sea is dying and an ancient tradition is being wiped out. Con Con, facing Aconcagua the tallest mountain in the Western hemisphere, has a cultural heritage going back thousands of years. Over centuries, the "sonido rajado", a powerful and unique sound emerged. Revisiting the site, she explores the connections between her art and the ancient music and oral traditions while witnessing to the ecological and cultural destruction of place.