Exhibition: The Body of Memory (El Cuerpo de la Memoria)
October 12 @ 18:00 – December 1 @ 17:00
An exhibition by performance artist Janet Toro’s radical work responding to Chilean dictatorship at
43 Gordon Square
Exhibition opens on October 12 at 6pm and runs until December 2023
Janet Toro’s performance series El cuerpo de la memoria (The body of memory), rekindles both individual and collective consciousness of the coup d’etat in Chile – that took place 50 years ago.
This exhibition of photography and video documentation of performances refers back to 1999, when the artist presented 90 performance-installations as part of the second Biennale of Young Artists that was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile. Walking barefoot for kilometres and subjecting herself to physical constraints, Janet Toro pointed out sites of political detention and torture implemented during the civil-military dictatorship in Chile. Pushing at the limits of her body, Toro experienced 62 methods of torture, that recollected the horrors employed by the dictatorial apparatus to suppress and obliterate anything deemed a threat to their project. Such methods are the basis of Toro’s radical works.
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