The investigations to find out what the voice of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was like are in charge of the National Sound Library, but not of the group of workers that could be fired due to budget cuts.
« The project of the voice of Frida Kahlo is in charge of the management (of the Fonoteca), not the workers whose jobs are at risk, » says Kevin Aragón, a member of the Chapter 3000 Workers’ Collective, which is made up of about 100 experts in sound conservation.
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After a 65% budget cut due to the pandemic, the National Music Library is currently in uncertainty, since it only has a budget of 10 million 600 thousand pesos, an amount that would not be enough to rehire all the specialists that have to in charge of at least a dozen projects, such as preserving the sound heritage of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, conducting an essay on the history of Mexican rock or recovering syrups that were the first Mexican songs of protest against the elites of the New Spain.
« With the 10 million 600 thousand pesos that we have approved so far, it is not enough for the hiring of all the people we had last year », acknowledged the director of the National Music Library, Pável Granados, in an interview with this publishing house carried out to At the end of December.
Faced with this eventual cut, the Chapter 3000 Workers Collective has raised its voice to denounce that the country’s sound heritage is at risk, since many of the projects of the Sound Library would be truncated.
In the specific case of the investigations to determine what the voice of Frida Kahlo was like, the project is in charge of the management of the Fonoteca, which has denied that the substantial activities of the organization are at risk.
The discovery of the voice of Frida Kahlo is one of the most important projects of the National Sound Library due to its national and international relevance. In Paris alone, 15 exhibitions have been organized on the Mexican painter in the last decade.