Declassified History: Archiving Latin America

19/9/2019 - 30/11/2019

Exhibition

Sep. 19 to Nov. 30

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‘The Missing Monument for Washington DC, or A proposal for a Monument for Victor Jara’, video still, by Iván Navarro, 2007. Image: Sur Gallery

Declassified History: Archiving Latin America, an exhibition curated by Tamara Toledo, tackles, in the words of the organizers, “the dark period in history marked by United States interventions in Latin America. Oppressive regimes from the south are explicitly linked to corrupt governments of the north through installations by artists Omar Estrada, Voluspa Jarpa and Iván Navarro, as they capture events that may well be repeated in the future.”

Jarpa’s installations reflect on the nature of the archive, on memory and the cultural notion of trauma. Navarro presents a video performance that comments on the collective psychological trauma of his native country, Chile, combining the visual representation of power with aspects of resistance and memory. Finally, Estrada exposes information about Condor Operation —a non-declared war of state terror and political repression across Latin America supported by the CIA in the context of the Cold War.

The artists in the exhibition work with testimonials and declassified archives as we not only witness but become complicit of a hidden history. By referencing the dynamics of the Cold War, the artists’ works will allow for a continuous and ongoing discussion around responsibility and accountability.

  • Sur Gallery (39 Queens Quay E.) and
    George Brown College School of Design: Artscape Daniels Launchpad (3 Lower Jarvis St.)
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