Mono González and Mon Laferte paint a mural in the National Stadium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the coup

As part of the 2023 version of the International Theater Festival in Mil, and as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1973 civic-military coup, singer and visual artist Mon Laferte and muralist Mono González have created and painted a joint mural, paying tribute to the political prisoners of the dictatorship in the National Stadium, the largest detention and torture center in the country.

The project will be inaugurated this Tuesday, January 3 by the artists together with the Minister of Sport, Alexandra Benado Vergara, the mayor of Ñuñoa, Emilia Ríos, the general director of the Fundación Teatro a Mil, Carmen Romero Quero, and the president of the National Corporation Memoria Stadium National, Marcelo Acevedo Vallejos.

The goal, according to the artists themselves, is to preserve the memory of the more than 20,000 people who experienced imprisonment, torture and death in the Stadium, including those still missing.

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The mural will be located in the eastern access to the National Stadium and its creation was the result of a collective construction process by both artists with ex-convicts, relatives and also members of the Estadio Nacional Memoria Nacional corporation. The idea was born by the artists themselves as a way to keep alive the memory of the fate of thousands of men, women and minors who suffered the most serious violations of their Human Rights in the Colosseum and also throughout Chile.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of Mon Laferte and Mono González, for being present and giving us this work that seeks to transcend historical memory to the new generations and thus contribute to making the guarantees of non-repeat of these painful events in our country a reality .” said the president of National Memory National Stadium Corporation.

The director of the Festival, Carmen Romero Quero, in addition to appreciating the work of the artists, commented that “one of our lines of work for this 2023 festival is precisely the one referring to the 50th anniversary of the coup. The National Stadium is an emblematic place in the recent history of our country, and this work by Mon Laferte and Mono González will allow us to remember, not forget and think of a future in which ‘never again’ is a reality”.

In the context of the Sport and Human Rights work, this mural is part of the actions preceding the Pan American and Parapan American Games of Santiago 2023, which will bring together around one million people, and of the Human Rights education work that will be made available to the community as soon as possible. major sporting event organized by the State of Chile.

The mural will be presented free of charge to the public on Tuesday 3 January, from 12:00 to 19:00.

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