50 years after the coup d’état, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights intends to highlight the unlimited value of democracy and human rights, above the violence and institutional collapse represented by September 11, 1973. The institution thus intends to underline the importance of democratic coexistence as a way to resolve differences and a way out of political crises.
This was announced in a meeting with the press held this morning, in which the new executive director, María Fernanda García, underlined the “important challenges we face: what society do we want to be, and above all how do we approach our memory, our heritage and our history.
Meanwhile, the president of the board of directors of the Museum, Marcia Scantlebury, recalled the origins of the Museum, when the president Michelle Bachelet commissioned her to build this space.
“The goal of this Museum was to show what had been made invisible, especially to show it to the 50% of people who weren’t born then when these events occurred, a much higher percentage today,” he said.
To kick off the 2023 program, the anniversary event, this Wednesday January 11, will offer a staging specially prepared for this occasion by the Congreso group, with a story by actresses Gloria Münchmeyer and María Gracia Omegna.
This morning Pancho Sazo, leader of the Congress, assured that “for us it is an honour, a privilege and a duty to be here, in the heart of Chile. Knowing how to sing, more than any pain, to tenderness, to love, to sing like a kind of exorcism, a spell against amnesia. We want to offer a song of great hope”.
Meanwhile, starting in March, on the 11th of each month, personalities from the world of culture, politics, social movements, among others, with a brilliant career during the dictatorship, will be summoned to accompany mediated visits to the main exhibition. Museum. The proposal includes the inclusion of voices from different generations, as a way to foster cross-sectional dialogue and promote critical reflection on the country’s recent past.
Another prominent activity will be the dance and city choir project “50 years + 100 voices. The homage of the people to the victims of the dictatorship”, conducted by the Hermanxs Ibarra Roa theater company.
The proposal includes an open call for participation in a singing, dancing and staging workshop, through which we will try to investigate the Museum’s archives and open a dialogue between these archives and the workshop participants.
In this regard, Gopal Ibarra expressed the desire that “remembrance and human rights take control of this country 50 years after the coup. It’s time for people, citizens to pay this tribute, take the stage and make their dreams come true.”
The culmination of this year’s activities will be the commemoration of the day of the coup in September with a large public act, for which the playwright and actress Nona Fernández, together with the playwright Guillermo Calderón, are working on a theatrical proposal.
In this regard, during the meeting with the press, Nona Fernández assured that “the one we have to face is an enormous challenge”.
“What we are planning is to have an experience that somehow reminds us of that collective exorcism, and that also helps us to think about our democracy. A commemoration that speaks from the present, that occupies our great memory to illuminate our future, and that help us think and defend human rights now, defend our democracy now. Any commemoration we do of the 50th anniversary of the coup must think about the present and the future,” he said.
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