Artistic direction and organization of programmes

The words of others / Palabras ajenas (2017)

Performance reading of León Ferrari's text:


The words of the others is a huge collage, consisting of thousands of texts extracted from newspapers, magazines and books. It was realized by León Ferrari between 1965 and 1967 with the intention of denouncing the American imperialism in the world. Ferrari proposes a comparison between the American administration of the time and the Nazi regime under Hitler government. And he considers the religion responsible for many crimes, torture and wars: the words of the Bible would justify, but even incentivize them.

The work was composed during the Vietnam War, at a moment when the Cold War justified several American interventions and made possible, few years later, the establishment of the most cruel dictatorships in Latin America, with the support of the American Intelligence. The news from Vietnam, and specially the images of tortures on the field mobilized the artist, who took on the task of collecting that huge amount of cuttings to raise his voice against the war, using the words of the others. The result is an enormous Oratorium, conceived to be publically read.

The first performance was presented the 16th September 2017 in REDCAT LA, in the context of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA el 16 de septiembre de 2017. +READ MORE

+ Text for the catalogue 

Palabras Ajenas. REDCAT


The Words of Others


Conversations between God and

a few men and between a few men

and a few men and God.


Text: León Ferrari


First published by Falbo Editor. Buenos Aires, 1967

English version published by REDCAT and X Artists’ Books, Los Angeles, 2017

Research and edition: Ruth Estévez, Agustín Díez Fischer, Miguel A. López

Associate researcher: Carmen Amengual

Assistant Researchers: Andrea Santizo and Juliana Luján.

Translated by Antena (Jen Hofer with Tupac Cruz and Román Luján)

Script Adaptation: José A. Sánchez

Sound design: Juan Ernesto Díaz

Direction, dramaturgy and set design: José A. Sánchez, Juan Ernesto Díaz and Ruth Estévez

Production assistant: Carmen Amengual

Stage manager:  Mia Lewis

Readers: Edgar Arceneaux, Camila Ascencio, RafaelLópez Barrantes, Samantha Bartow, Nao Bustamante, José Luis Blondet, Marissa, Chibas, Ashlyn Delaire,Carlo Figlio, Jessica Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Charles Gaines, Alexandra Grant, Jen Hofer, Ashley Hunt, Rett Keeter, Daniel Lavery, Mireya Lucio, Michael Ned Holte, Roberto Martin, Fernando Mitre, Paige McGhee, Alyxaundrea Munson, Mac Rasmus, Christopher Rivas, uan Rivera, Connie Samaras, Hannah Trujillo, Kristin Wetenkamp.


Entrevista en Radio Castilla-La Mancha sobre Palabras Ajenas (20/09/17)

"Las dos miradas". Escuchar o descargar podcast (19.05) y escuchar: a partir del minuto 39


Entrevista en ABC (24/09/2017). Leer aquí