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
THE OTHER 9/11
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