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We are scheduling Memorias Geography of a Decade  -  Chile 1973 - 1983

for the next 4 years.

If you are interested in programming Memorias, contact us @

for date availability or reservation.

For those interested in programming Memorias within the frame of the Hispanic Heritage Month,  we have three spots available for the season 2017-2021.

                                        When the past illuminates the present

We live in times in which the past can illuminate the present, but only if we know that past.

We live in times in which once again interventionism dominates politics, in which the world seems to go back to the two blocks of the so-called Cold War.

Times that announce a new arms race, because since “the other” is getting armed, we need to get armed to protect ourselves and ensure our security, including the safety of our cyberspace.

Times in which our security seems to depend on denying the rights of “the other,” times that dangerously mirror past times of bad practices.

It is for that reason that more than ever it is essential to know the history to understand the history they want to impose on us in the present. 


U.S. university to host exhibition on Chilean military coup, The Santiago Times, September 5, 2018

Exposición en Pensilvania, EEUU, a 45 años del golpe de Estado, Le Monde Diplomatique edición chilena, 3 de septiembre 2018


Memories: Geography of a Decade, Chile 1973 - 83

University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) USA



Opening night reception with the collection owners and curators on September 11, 2018 from 6-8 pm 

September 11th to October 18th, 2018

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Hosted by the Penn Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS)

with support from the Sachs Program for Art Innovation

 The exhibit captures with vivid imagery, exquisite detail, and artistic expression the intensity, terror, suffering, and diversity of experiences during and after the September 11th military coup.

This exhibit will create an indelible impact on the University of Pennsylvania’s students, professors, researchers, staff, and visitors, and on the Greater Philadelphia community. Students typically learn about Chile’s military regime through books, acquiring a sense of the dates, facts and figures of the time period. However, encountering and engaging with documentary evidence directly will foster profound insight and a deeper appreciation of the severity and intensity of the September 11th coup and the ensuing authoritarian regime. Inexorably, Memorias offers a window into the horrors of, as well as the pain and suffering exacted by, the Pinochet dictatorship. 

Most importantly, experiencing the exhibit nurtures an empathic understanding for those who lived in society without the protection of civil rights and liberties, and where many were killed, tortured, or exiled for speaking their mind or questioning the government. It also invites conversation about the role of the US government in supporting that coup and many other interventions in Latin America during the Cold War era. This type of learning experience is imperative today, as we continue to witness flagrant human rights violations perpetrated, again, by US government institutions.

Tulia Falleti, Ph.D. Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program University of Pennsylvania



Memorias at

Bowdoin College


Opening Gallery Talk

Monday, April 24, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Gustavo Gac-Artigas, novelist and playwright

Priscilla Gac-Artigas, Professor of Latin American Literature, Monmouth University

Reception to follow at Lamarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union

Sponsored by the Crandall Fund, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and the Departments of Visual Arts, History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Government.


Dr. Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of Latin American History: “The exhibit will be something that will stay with these students long after all much of the content of the course is forgotten. This is all to say thanks so much for making such a difference in my course.”

Instituto Cervantes NY

March 23 (opening) to April 16, 2017

Es un honor para el Instituto Cervantes ceder la galería del Instituto de Nueva York para la muestra de Memorias-Geography of a Decade: Chile 1973-1983 comisariada por Gustavo y Priscilla Gac-Artigas.

It is an honor for the Instituto Cervantes to host the exhibit Memorias-Geography of a Decade: Chile 1973-1983 curated by Gustavo and Priscilla Gac-Artigas, in our New York Institute gallery.

Instituto Cervantes NY

211-215 East

49 Street

NY NY 10017



Guggenheim Memorial Library, Monmouth University

September 14, 2016

Opening Remarks

Kurt W. Wagner, University Librarian 

Priscilla and Gustavo Gac-Artigas

All of us at the University were moved by this exhibit. We were particularly touched by the human story it communicated. Through the images of the exhibit we were able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people who experienced this political upheaval and the struggle for freedom against tyranny. As a generation passes and memory of a faraway struggle fades to some and is unknown to many more, it is all the more imperative that this exhibit be shown wherever possible. In a day and age where we are bombarded by the media and with information at our fingertips it is easy to become disengaged from important events in our past. 

History sometimes becomes only a few well-known monuments and often other events, no less important, are unknown to many.

Memorias brings the struggle for freedom back to the current day. For our students and faculty, the exhibit and the interpretative lectures from you and Gustavo bring critical topics back to the forefront. Through the example of your personal story patriotism, activism and civil engagement, the Monmouth University and the surrounding community were able to see human qualities that strike a chord in all of us, one that reverberates with the values that we share when thinking about our own society of the present.


Looking at the collection from the standpoint as a professor of design, painter, and former printmaker, my personal assessment of the collection as a whole is one of an extremely high caliber is is a top-level group of artists, designers, and photographers the abstraction and simplicity of form used amongst the lithographers were of particular note. Not only does the collection convey a universal understanding of pain and suffering, but the level of the individual artistry and the messaging contained in each piece is unerringly relevant— even to this day e fact that these pieces, created from 1973-1983, are still so powerful also speaks to the exceptionalness of this exhibit.

 Karen Bright,

Professor of Arts and Design

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Memorias: Geography of a Decade: Chile 1973-1983,


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