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Revista de humanidades de Valparaíso

Print version ISSN 0719-4234On-line version ISSN 0719-4242


CUEVAS VALENZUELA, Hernán. Cultural battles and memorialization in Chile: Reflections on the critical possibilities and autonomy of public art in the post-dictatorship. Rev. humanid. Valpso. [online]. 2021, n.18, pp.193-224.  Epub Dec 01, 2021. ISSN 0719-4234.

This article asks whether there were, in post-dictatorship Chile, limitations of the autonomy of cultural and artistic production addressing the memory of traumatic events. In particular, the article analyzes the content and history of the production of some relevant sections of the mural painting Memoria Visual de una Nación by the Chilean artist Mario Toral. The article demonstrates that public art was an arena of struggle for the meaning of democracy during the postdictatorship period. To do this, he uses concepts from post-structuralist political theory, cultural studies, the philosophy of memory, and memory studies. The article also offers an interpretation of cultural production as an open and contingent process. It concludes that the transition via transaction in Chile had a negative influence on the field of artistic production, reducing its autonomy and divergence from the dominant political discourse in the period.

Keywords : Memory; trauma; human rights; transition through transaction; autonomy of art.

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