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Bolero, Italian tango, mambo, chachachá and rock and roll were some of the styles with which Cecilia built a musical identity that had no equal or descendants. She was unique among the musicians of her generation. Her influence transcended local music and industry. With a stage display like never before seen in the country, cheeky and provocative, and a catalog that crossed musical genres, Cecilia would become a symbol of sexual emancipation.

Cristóbal Peña


Cecilia Aguayo, Francisca Márquez, María Siebald,

Kiki Rojo, Marcela Golzio, Consuelo Castillo Echeverría,

Graciela Araya, Ángela Acuña, Carla Lobos, Flavia Elis Furtado,

Luta Cruz, Christopher Moraga (Memoriatransformista).
Script Shia Arbulú & Germán Bobe
Director  Germán Bobe

Producer Mauricio Salomón Álamo

Executive production Fernanda Meza
DOP Pedro Micelli
Art Director Simón Pedro

Choreography Francisca Sazie

Art asistant Leyla Manzur
Costume designer Sergio Aravena
Make up Teresa Galarce
Hairdresser Miguel González
Camara asistant Ignacio Elissegaray
Gaffer Victoria Peña & Sthacy Vera Alvear
Technical production Arcos  Héctor Kusma y Allan Fuentes
Additional lightning equipment Guillermo Álvarez

Made with the support of  Escuela de Cine y Audiovisual de Arcos @escuelacineyaudiovisual


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Fotos Paula González, estudiante Comunicación Audiovisual Arcos.


Germán Bobe      Chilean -born artist, working in mixed media --video, film, photography, performance, painting, collage and digital. Beginning in 2019 his artistic expression has focused on electronic, sound, and image technology in emerging media.



He spotlights ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as the human body, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, and Western colonialism —his best-known work, perhaps, being “La Profesora” (The Teacher), a video project that is part of the in New York City Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.



He has been featured on such shows and institutions as:

The Art Institute of Chicago, USA


The London Festival of Moving Images, UK


The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, USA


Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain


Cannes Film Festival, France


Cineteca Madrid, Spain



Bobe studied and resided in Libya, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, and Argentina; countries that deeply influenced his scientific and artistic career. He currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.

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A caricature of a professor teaching English to non-native speakers.

He mannerisms, her accent, the content of her speech—all are

absurd, in the tradition of an Ionesco character. Images of the

professor alternate with collages, many taken from Bobe’s other


Through its ironic humor, La Profesora foregrounds the absurdity

of teaching English in a country where many cannot read their

native language. The prevalence of the English language in

post- and neo-colonial societies is this called into question, both

politically and socially.


Video selected by Barbara London, curator and writer who founded

the video-media exhibition and collection programs at

The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013.

La Profesora

German Bobe

1993 | 00:07:13 | Chile | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 |


Collection: Single Titles


Tags: Humor, Post-colonialism

For purchase of video for home viewing, through Video Data Bank in Chicago, listed below. Video Data Bank is an excellent resource for accessing extensive catalogues of video art in general.

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An allegory of Capitalism in Modern and Postmodern Latin America. The main scenes take place in a farm market where its merchants, street vendors, LGTB street artists, clowns, and migrants, struggle to earn a living.

A boy, Carlitos Chatito (Chatito is a slang word that refers to someone who is fed up), follows his father, and experiences what a day's work is like in a Latin American farm market. Later, now an adult, we see Chatito delivering vegetables in a human-powered car. Next, the protagonists fight against each other for territorial hegemony, and unexpectedly, all the characters gather in a march to advance, as a collective, towards a new place, which they anticipate with music and dance. At the end, the protagonists confront a wall that prevents them from moving forward, yet, they manage to climb it and successfully cross it.

The filming took place mainly in a Chilean market located in an old Spanish colonial neighborhood, where farmers gather to sell their products. During most of the colonial era, Spanish American society had a pyramidal structure with a small number of pure Spaniards at the top, a group of mixed-race people beneath them, and at the bottom a large indigenous population and small number of slaves, usually of African origin.  In the 19th Century, when the area was known as “La Vega del Mapocho” (the Mapocho market) the land was delimited and designated for produce consumption, taking advantage of the channeling of the Mapocho River. New storage houses were also built to load and sell produce, attracting migrants from all the country.  


Currently, this area and its surroundings are home to a significant number of Venezuelan, Colombian, Peruvian and Haitian migrants.


Germán Bobe also pays tribute to “La Carlina”, the first known transgender cabaret that was located in the area; The cast features Francis François, trans artist who started her career at “La Carlina”, and Daniela Vega, best known for her critically acclaimed performance in the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman (2017); Vega also became the first transgender person in history to be a presenter at the Academy Awards ceremony.


Fantasia Dubois is a film that explores stories of Transgender people. 

Based on the memoirs of Candy Dubois, an accomplished Transgender Hispanic ballet dancer, cabaret singer and entrepreneur, this film is mainly focused on the face and body language imagery of the main character (represented by different actors and dancers), while following Dubois during her transition into her female identity; becoming one of the first Chileans to attempt a successful sex reassignment surgery in 1973.


The film also presents symbols of redemption, and raises questions of compassion, liberation, satire, and critique on differences in cultures, immigration, beliefs, and shifting sexualities.


Bobe collaborated with Luis Saglie (Hispanic composer and conductor) to create a video suite soundtrack.

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