Oscillation ::: Materia Forma

03.05.2024 20:00

Jacqueline Nova, Creación de la tierra (1972, electroacoustic fixed media in stereo)

Creación de la Tierra was created in 1972 from vocal material of creation chants of the U’wa ethnic group in Boyacá, Colombia. In Nova’s work, U’wa words and voices are interwoven without exoticism. These indigenous voices are continually transformed, at times past the point of recognisability. In this way, the voice of a community to which Nova does not belong and a language which is not her own take on a great symbolic significance as they are amplified within a culture that has marginalised them for centuries. With this work, Nova claims the right to coexist as peers and the need to exist without exclusion. – Ana María Romano G.

Multi-channel diffusion by Ana María Romano G. In collaboration with Archipel Festival, Geneva (CH).

Jacqueline Nova (1935–1975) was a pioneering figure of electroacoustic music in Colombia, and one of Latin America’s most important avant-garde and experimental musicians of the 20th century. She came of age in a repressive era known to Colombians as La Violencia (“The Violence”), a period of incessant, deadly struggle between the country’s two primary political parties. This intense, perennial state of violence, the concurrent battles for women’s suffrage, and the rise of Marxist-inspired guerrillas, informed both her life and art. Nova was the first woman to graduate from the Colombian National Conservatory of Music with a degree in music composition. She worked as a composer, ensemble director, radio host, and cultural organizer.