MEMORY AND LANDSCPAE:
UNVEILING THE HISTORIC TRHUTH OF CHILE
(Artist book), 2013 out of print
”Memory and Landscape: Unveiling the Historical Truths of Chile” is a book about the disappearance and murder of people in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Human rights violations are represented in the book through etching techniques and the print act in itself by building an alternative visual medium to indicate the injustices committed in between 1973-1990.
The book is divided into two parts: the first one is hand-sewn with a French seam of red crosses–, tells the history of human rights violations through a chronological timeline of the historical accounts, fourteen biographies of the disappeared and executed randomly selected, and the full list of victims from according to the Rettig Report (National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation) in both English and Spanish; the second part is an accordion structure printed on both sides. Through silkscreen and the inclusion of charcoal powder in one of the sides of the accordion we can see the faces of those printed biographies that were previously indicated by the language. On the other side we see seven historic facts in chronological order made in wood engraving printed in black ink on Japanese paper.
The front cover, back cover, and the page, which divides the book into two sections, have been made by dry point aquatint etchings printed on Reeves BFK cream paper. Here we see landscapes like mountains and the ocean, where the bodies were thrown. The book is contained in a clamshell box covered with black linen. This box contains two engravings etchings; the outside one made with colors and the inside printed in black and white. The book was design to be read as a conventional manner and also as a sculpture. The book format was chosen as an artistic medium to be part of the collective memory of Chile. As a book will always remain open and, therefore, ontologically means a struggle for the dignity of the victims of the dictatorship and their families.
Medium: dry point aquatint etchings, wood blocks, silkscreen, and ink
Dimensions: 24.0 in W x 18.0 in H (closed)
Binding Type: double accordion, hand sewn, coptic binding inside of a clam shell box
Size: 1st Ed. of 10 + 2AP/ 2nd Ed of 20