©DIGNIDAD

A project in collaboration with the Association for Memory and Human Rights Colonia Dignidad, the lawyer Winfried Hempel and The National Archive of Chile.

Dignidad is an Art installation at The National Archive of Chile of the Chilean artist María Verónica San Martín based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad. Found in 2012 by the ex-colono and lawyer Winfried Hempel, the audios reveal for the first time to the public conversations between Paul Schäfer and other Nazi agents during 1978. Through sculpture, sound, performance, text, and a selection of historical archives, San Martín reveals a complex system of codes and transcontinental actions that culminated in crimes against minors and opponents of the Chilean civic-military dictatorship (1973-1990). The exhibition has been shown at Artists Space in NYC, The Center for Book Arts in NYCATA Gallery in San FranciscoGaleria Animal in Santiago-Chile, and it is currently on view at the Print Center in Philadelphia and the House of the book | Museum Meermanno in The Hague, Netherlands.

THE PRINT CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA, SEP-NOV 2019, PHOTO COURTESY THE PRINT CENTER 

ARTISTS SPACE, WHITNEY ISP, NYC. VIDEO BY MARSHALL WEBER / VIDEO EDITS BY NICOLE COSTA

PERFORMANCE, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF CHILE, OCT 2018

THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, NYC. VIDEO BY NINA DAVENPORT

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CHILE. VIDEO BY RODRIGO SUSARTE

ATA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018. VIDEO AND EDITS BY CARLA LASERB

ATA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018

I. DIGNIDAD VENUES 

2018

1. Artists Space, New York, NY

Whitney ISP Studio exhibition (2017-2018)

Group exhibition + Performance

May 2018

2. The National Archives of Chile, Santiago

Solo Exhibition + two Performances + talk

October 4th - November 30th, 2018

Performances: Oct 4th and 12

Talk: Oct 12

2019

3. The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Solo Exhibition + Performance

January 18th - March 30th, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday 18th, 6:30 PM

Performance: March 7th, 6:30 PM

4.Galeria ATA (Artist Television Access), San Francisco, CA 

Performance: Tuesday, February 5fh, 2019, 7:30 PM 

in conjunction with Guillermo Gomez-Pena,

Balitronica Gomez and Marshall Weber

 

5.University of Delaware Museum, Newark, DE

Performance: Thursday, April 25th, 5 PM (Within Moving Memorials performance)

6. Galeria Animal, Santiago

Solo exhibition + Performance

Aug 1st-31st, 2019

Performance: August 8TH, 7PM

Talk:August 8TH, 8 PM

 

C U R R E N T

7. The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Group exhibition "The Politics of Rhetoric"

Works by Bethany Collins, Sharon Hayes, Sarah McEneaney, Keris Salmon, María Verónica San Martín and Didier William that draw from archived materials, exposing the inherent biases in our everyday language.

Sep 13-Nov 16, 2019

Performance: Nov 8TH, 6PM

8. House of the book | Museum Meermanno, The Hague, 

Netherlands.

Solo exhibition + Performance 

Sep. 21st, 2019 - Jan 5th, 2020

Performance + Talk: Sep 20th (by invitation only)

at the Royal Academy and House of the book | Museum Meermanno

2020

9. The Museum of the Americas AMA, Washington, DC

Performance: June 4th, 7PM

II. PRESS.

AD Haagsche Courant, September 26th, 2019

Dignidad, The Hague, Netherlands

https://krant.ad.nl/titles/algemeendagblad/7921/publications/14663/pages/46

Le Monde Diplomat, August, 2019

María Verónica San Martín “La Caja/ El Caso” 1-31 de agosto, 2019 at Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile

https://www.lemondediplomatique.cl/article6571,6571.html

The National Archives of Chile

 

Opening Reception: October 4th, 6:30 PM

http://www.archivonacional.cl/sitio/Contenido/Cartelera/87473:Dignidad

Music: Diego Las Heras / Performers: Barbara Pinto, Francisca Las Heras, Francisco Bagnara + the artist

 

Performance N2: October 4th and October 10, 7 PM

Music: Diego Las Heras / Performers: Barbara Pinto, Francisca Las Heras, Francisco Bagnara + the artist


 

TALK “ARCHIVES, ART AND MEMORY": October 10, 7 PM

http://www.archivonacional.cl/sitio/Contenido/Cartelera/87681:Archivos-arte-y-memoria

Emma de Ramón, director of The National Archive of Chile

Margarita Romero, president Asociation for Memory and Human Rights of Colonia Dignidad

Winfried Hempel, lawyer of the victims of the case

Matías Celedón, Chilean writer

María Verónica San Martín, artist

TALK, RED CALLE FOUNDATION: October 11, 7 PM

http://www.gentedelacalle.cl/red-calle/

 

School visits: October 2018

http://www.archivonacional.cl/sitio/Contenido/Cartelera/87474:Memoriales-moviles

III. PRESS from the National Archives of Chile exhibition

 

TV News, channel 13, October 5, 2018

https://youtu.be/gyaDfzqoDu4

 

Radio La Clave,interviewed by Fernando Paulsen, oct.10,2018.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK98fcte-0Y

 

TV 13, Mesa Central: Chapter 25 - October 7, 2018.

http://www.t13.cl/videos/programas/mesa-central-tv/video-mesa-central-capitulo-25-domingo-7-octubre

 

Radio Cooperativa, interviewed by Paula Molina, Oct.8, 2018

https://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/judicial/villa-baviera/hablando-de-la-recuperacion-de-archivos-sonoros-de-colonia-dignidad/2018-10-08/165630.html

 

Radio University of Chile, Oct. 7, 2018

https://radio.uchile.cl/2018/10/07/colonia-dignidad-al-descubierto-artista-revela-las-conversaciones-telefonicas-de-paul-schafer/

 

El Dinamo, Actualidad, Oct. 17, 2018.

https://www.eldinamo.cl/actualidad/2018/10/17/utopia-distopica-la-exhibicion-centrada-en-las-violaciones-a-los-ddhh-en-colonia-dignidad/

 

CASAS Magazine, Art Section, November, 2018. Maria Veronica San Martin "No puedo ignorar la historia y mirar para adelante sin revisar el pasado",by Catalina Plaza. pp.35-40.

 

The National Archive of Chile, October, 2018.

http://www.archivonacional.cl/sitio/Contenido/Noticias/87896:Multiplicidad-de-lenguajes-contra-el-olvido

http://www.archivonacional.cl/sitio/Contenido/Cartelera/87681:Archivos-arte-y-memoria

 

Association for Memory and Human Rights of Colonia Dignidad, September 13, 2018.

http://www.coloniadignidad.cl/actualidad/noticias/exposicion-archivos-colonia-dignidad-2018/

 

The Clinic, Art and Culture, Oct. 2, 2018.

http://www.theclinic.cl/2018/10/02/dignidad-exposicion/

 

Dibam, Exhibitions, October 5, 2018.

http://www.dibam.cl/614/w3-article-87896.html?_noredirect=1

 

Las Últimas Noticias, October 6, 2018, (pp. 50)

http://www.lun.com/default.aspx?dt=2018-10-06

 

Le Monde Diplomat, October, 2018.

https://www.lemondediplomatique.cl/article6133,6133.html

 

El ciudadano, October 7, 2018

https://www.elciudadano.cl/chile/espionaje-y-codigos-secretos-artista-revela-las-conversaciones-telefonicas-de-paul-schafer/10/07/

 

The cultural agenda of Santiago de Chile, October 2018.

https://panoramasgratis.cl/event/dignidad

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF CHILE, 2018

VISUAL AND SOUND INSTALLATION, DIGNIDAD Exh., CHILEAN NATIONAL ARCHIVE, OCT-2018

PERFORMANCE DIGNIDAD, THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, THE HAGE, NETHERLANDS, SEPT 20 2019. PHOTO COURTESY MUSEUM MEERMANNO

THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, NYC, JAN-MA 2019

INSTALLATION, MUSEUM MEERMANNO, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, SEP2019 - JAN2020. PHOTO COURTESY MUSUEM MEERMANNO

INSTALLATION, ANIMAL GALLERY, SANTIAGO,CHILE, AUG 2019. PHOTO COURTESY ANIMAL GALLERY

PERFORMANCE DIGNIDAD, THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, MARCH 7 2019. PHOTO COURTESY THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

INSTALLATION, THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, NEW YORK, JAN-MARCH 2019. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST

INSTALLATION, THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, NEW YORK, JAN-MARCH 2019. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST

ARTISTS SPACE, WHITNEY MUSUEM (ISP) 2017-2018, NEW YORK, MAY 2018. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST

ELECTROMAGNETIC TAPES, DIGNIDAD Exh, CHILEAN NATIONAL ARCHIVE, 2018. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS, DIGNIDAD Exh, COURTESY THE CHILEAN NATIONAL ARCHIVE, 2018

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MARIA VERONICA SAN MARTIN 2019

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COLABORATORS:

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The National Archive of Chile

Winfried Hempel, Ex-colono and lawyer of the victims of the ex-colonia Dignidad

Margarita Romero, Asociation for Memory and Human Rights of Colonia Dignidad

 

Audio: Winfried Hempel 

Music: Diego Las Heras, Felipe Valenzuela and Jose Miguel Buitrago 

Architecture exhibition: María Gracia San Martín and Diego Larraín

Performance Coreographer: Maria Veronica San Martin

Sculptures construction: Joshua Heintze 

Transcription (German-English): Elisa R.Linn 

Translation (English-Spanish): Luis A.Cassanova Blanco

Co-producer: Paloma Estevez 

 

National Archives text: Matias Celedon

Translation text: Ian Cofre and Paula Solimano

Photography: Catalina Riutort, Alejandra Undurraga, Wonwoo Lee 

Video Artists Space: Marshall Weber Video Edits: Nicole Costa and Carla Laser

Performers: M.Veronica San Martin, Paloma Estevez, Bárbara Pinto, Francisca Las Heras, Francisco Bagnara, Stephanie Pan and Yel Barnatan

   

Anknowledges: Delia Pizarro, Marshall Weber, Florencia San Martin, Juan Pablo Vergara. 

Daniel Sosland, Julie Garcia and Peter Ludlow.

 

Dignidad exhibitions 

Whitney Museum (ISP), Artist Space, NYC (2018)

The National Archives of Chile, Santiago (2018)

The Center for Book Arts, NYC (2019)

Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile (2019)

The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (2019)

The Meermanno Museum, The Hague, Netherlands (2019-2020)