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NegPos : Chile 50 Years, Images of a Social Transformation : Straighten your head


Straighten your head

Photographer Claudio Pérez immersed himself in the search for portraits of the missing who had no representation. He could not conceive that these people could be doubly missing, without bodies and without representation. So, he traveled across the country looking for family members who might have a photo. He managed to bring together around a hundred images given to the archives of the Museum of Memory of Santiago, which enabled the construction of a memorial based on these portraits. However, several years have passed and the photosensitive plates have been damaged by the climate. The missing were disappearing again. Pérez recorded this process of new absence at the origine of the “Necrosis” series.

In 1978, the first human rights symposium organized by the Chilean Church took place, and the Church played a fundamental role in protecting the victims and their families through the Vicariate of Solidarity . A few days later, the remains of missing inmates were found in the Lonquén ovens. This is the first act of direct violence by the state. Some of these moments were recorded by photographer Helen Hughes.


Chile 50 years, images of a social transformation
from September 7 to November 24, 202

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