Kon Kon

2010, 53:55 min, color, sound, HD video, Spanish with English subtitles

In this self-described "documentary-poem," Vicuña returns to the beaches of Concón, Chile – the birthplace of her artmaking, where the sea is dying and an ancient tradition is being wiped out. Concón – facing the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Aconcagua – is home to a cultural heritage extending back thousands of years. Over centuries, the sonido rajado ("torn sound"), a powerful and unique indigenous sound, emerged. Revisiting the site, Vicuña explores the connections between her own art and these ancient music and oral traditions, while witnessing the ecological and cultural destruction of place generated by the oil refinery built in Concón in the 1950s.