Written by Olivia Page-Pollard, SantiagoTimes, Friday, 28 June 2013

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sep. 11 coup d’etat which deposed Marxist President Salvador Allende and instituted what would

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“Resistencia” by Alejandro Marcos (Spain) is one of over 100 works on display in a current exhibit denouncing the Pinochet dictatorship. Photo via Museo de la Solidaridad de Salvador Allende.

become a 17-year military dictatorship under Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Museo de la Solidaridad de Salvador Allende is honoring the milestone with a new exhibit entitled “Imaginarios de la Resistencia (Collective Consciousness of Resistance)” containing more than 100 works denouncing the dictatorship.

As part of a collaborative art project which “symbolically restores the wounds created by the democratic breakdown and repression,” all the works refer to people’s ability to overcome pain and trauma.

Despite its focus on the dictatorship in Chile, the exhibit is a multicultural affair with paintings from Spanish, Mexican, Finish, English, Polish and Chilean artists, among others.

The exhibition is divided into five sections, each of which characterize one aspect of the dictatorship.

The five divisions include violence against the human body, the role of the CIA and Chilean press in fomenting the coup, the flag as an abstract representation of the state, the victimizer becoming a beast and resistance against the dictatorship.

Marisa de Martini, the museum’s communications director, said that the exhibit is relevant to not only Chileans who lived under the dictatorship but also “for anyone who knows what it’s like to live in a dictatorship and feel its repercussions.”

“It’s symbolism that can adapt to almost any other circumstance,” said de Martini. “Any dictatorship, any war can likely have this same representation, it’s universal.”

The exhibition opened on June 26, marking the anniversary of Allende’s birth, and will run until Sept. 1.