Si me permiten hablar

If I may be permitted to speak

Sound and Textile Performance


Performance based in Domitila Chungara`s Testimony “Si me permiten hablar” Moema Viezzer, 1976
Music: Terremoto de Sipe Sipe , Daniel Albornoz, 1936
Photography: Eduardo Osorio
Audio: Manrico Montero
Bolivia 2013

Commissioned by ESCALA – Colección Art Latinoamericano Essex – United Kingdom and England &Co. Gallery for Pinta London, 2012


Initially, the act of record excerpts from the testimony are reading and recording on a cassette tape. The read text, give the performance’s title, “If I may speak” is the testimony of Domitila Barrios de Chungara. The book, first published in 1976 by the Brazilian educator Viezzer Moema, contains historical struggles of the popular classes in Latin America, also a historic contribution in relation to the participation of Latin American women in various socio-political movements. In this testimony women are recognized as participants in the social processes of the 70s. years marked by dictatorships in Latin American countries.


In a second moment, this tape will be “spun” with a Pushka (traditional tool used in the manufacture of yarn from animal fibers) by the movements that are involved in the act of wrapping and also accumulate, both necessary movements to reproducing the magnetic tape of the cassette. In the latter case, the sound reproduction is possible with a constant speed, which is not possible with Pushka movements, since these are irregular allowing anamorphic sound emission. Which will occur because the ‘threads’ to manipulate, are directly connected to the heads of the audio player at the other end, which means different speeds and kinetic sound interruptions. The instruments and spinning techniques require different movements, which impose different rates of reproduction of sound recorders.

© De Berduccy, Bolivia 2020