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Exhibit in Baker-Berry Brickway September 2023

About this guide

The exhibit "Chile 1973-2023 " is on display in the Baker-Berry Brickway from September 1-30, 2023. This guide offers additional resources for learning about the history and context of the dictatorship in Chile. Please select from the tabs or links for relevant books, articles, and films. 

About the exhibit

"Between the Pinochet Machine and Thousands of Imagined Nations" is an invitation to explore the 50th anniversary of the Chilean coup d'état and its consequences for contemporary politics and culture in Chile and the Americas.

The first banner offers a brief perspective on Salvador Allende's Government (1970-1973) and the Military Regime (1973-1990), emphasizing the popular engagement in the first case and the human rights violations in the second.

The second banner displays an artistic intervention created by Elías Adasme in 1979-80, titled Corporal Intervention in a Private Space.

The third banner jumps into contemporary issues of the Chilean experience, particularly the recent massive manifestations and conflicts known as "Estallido Social." This recent disruption is understood as part of a citizen reaction against the legacies of the "Pinochet Machine" and in search of "thousands of imagined nations": indigenous rights, feminist protests against inequality and violence, demands for social justice, public and free education, defense of the environment and ecology policies, reform of the pension system, and access to health are some of the issues at stake.

The name of this exhibition is inspired by Diamela Eltit's essay La máquina Pinochet and Patrício Guzmán's movie Mi país imaginario.

Exhibit curated by Mauricio Acuña, Mellon Faculty Fellow of Spanish and Portuguese, and Jill E. Baron, Research & Learning Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences. Designed by Dennis Grady.

We are thankful to the people in Chile, Brazil, and the Dartmouth community who supported this initiative.