Mixed Media Installation, Dimensions Variable
This two-part installation portrays both the hope and fear many Chileans experienced during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1988). On one side of the room, the Chilean flag, hand-sewn from bits of clothing, hangs upon a dimly lit wall. Before it an empty wooden chair faces viewers while a nearby transistor radio transmits staticky clips from Radio Moscu, a middle-of-the-night program that once broadcasted uncensored news from Russia to the Chilean resistance. Opposite this installation two more empty chairs face a television that plays segments of the 1988 plebiscite Campaign NO. This movement pushed for a democratic election which would allow Chileans to vote Pinochet out of power. Electric candles surround the chairs, and a cross of family photographs hang above the TV. In both installations the anticipation for change cannot be separated from the memory of dictatorial atrocities.