COLONIA DIGNIDAD/ DYSTOPIC UTOPIA,

2018  © All rights reserved

This project is supported by the Association of Memory and Human Rights of Colonia Dignidad (President - Margarita Romero), and is based on the testimony of the ex-Colono and current lawyer of the case, Winfried Hempel.

Colonia Dignidad (1961-1997) was an infamous yet ‘secret’ commune in southern Chile that was operated as a torture center by former German Nazi military officers and the Chilean DINA (National Intelligence Directorate) of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and with the knowledge and collaboration of American intelligence agencies and government officials. Members and leadership of the Colonia Dignidad committed multiple crimes against humanity, including torture, execution, and child abuse. Today the various criminal cases remain primarily unprosecuted and unresolved, due to the lack of political will, unresolved issues of legal jurisdiction, statute of limitations, the death of most of the principal offenders and the questionable legal status of the Colonia Dignidad which had been recently re-incorporated as an autonomous agricultural production center and renamed Villa Baviera.

Medium:  Installation with: Kinetic metal sculpture and metal box (30 x 30 inches extended),4 channel audio piece using oral history archives from a member of Colonia Dignidad, 13.5 minutes,(translated into  English and Spanish),3 hour endurance performance, 15 minutes video edition of endurance performance, research documentation composed of: drawings, notes, photographs, prints, and xeroxes. 

Music: Diego Las Heras/ Transcription of archive audio to English: Elisa Linn / to Spanish: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco / metal fabrication: Joshua Heintze / Photography: Catalina Riutort / Video: Marshall Weber/ Artwork and Performance: Maria Veronica San Martin