Visualizando los Derechos Indígenas en Chile

Virtual event

Date

November 8, 2022
14:00–15:15PM EST

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Photograph courtesy of Ritual Inhabitual.

This event was recorded in Spanish and you can watch the video (with English subtitles) here.


En octubre de 2019, protestas masivas tomaron las calles de Santiago, la capital de Chile. Entre las miles de imágenes que circularon por el mundo creando un poderoso mapa imagético del levantamiento popular, destaca una: la bandera mapuche. Los mapuches son una de las principales etnias indígenas de la región centro-sur de Chile y suroeste de Argentina. En general, el movimiento mapuche lucha por la recuperación de su territorio ancestral, por cambios constitucionales a favor de los derechos indígenas y por el reconocimiento estatal de sus especificidades culturales.

El 4 de septiembre de 2022, los votantes de Chile optaron por rechazar la nueva constitución propuesta que habría reemplazado el legado existente de la dictadura militar de Pinochet. La votación se llevó a cabo luego de un año de trabajo de una asamblea constituyente electa y uno de sus principales cambios propuestos era que Chile se convirtiera en un estado plurinacional. Esto habría significado que las diez naciones indígenas de Chile, incluidos los mapuches, habrían tenido su propio sistema representativo, legal y electoral.

Con el fin de comprender el proceso histórico que involucra al pueblo mapuche, este evento examinará la visualización de los derechos indígenas en Chile. Moderado por Leonardo Carrato, nuestros invitados serán el fotógrafo Pablo Piovano y el colectivo chileno Ritual Inhabitual, integrado por los artistas Tito González y Florencia Grisanti. Piovano y Ritual Inhabitual presentarán sus proyectos de largo plazo que abordan la cuestión mapuche de manera complementaria y discutiremos el impacto del rechazo a la autonomía política en las comunidades indígenas que han luchado durante siglos por sus derechos.


Visualizing Indigenous Rights in Chile

In October 2019, massive protests took to the streets of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Among the thousands of images that circulated around the world creating a powerful imaginary map of the popular uprising, one stands out: the Mapuche flag. The Mapuches are one of the main indigenous ethnic groups in the south-central region of Chile and southwest Argentina. In general, the Mapuche movement fights for the recovery of its ancestral territory, for constitutional changes in favor of indigenous rights, and for recognition by the state of their cultural specificities.

On September 4, 2022, voters in Chile chose to reject the proposed new constitution that would have replaced the existing legacy of Pinochet’s military dictatorship. The vote took place after a year of work by an elected constituent assembly and one of its main changes proposed was Chile becoming a plurinational state. This would have meant that the ten indigenous nations in Chile, including the Mapuches, would have had their own representative, legal and electoral system.

In order to understand the historical process that involves the Mapuche people, this event will examine the visualization of indigenous rights in Chile. Moderated by Leonardo Carrato, our guests will be the photographer Pablo Piovano and the Chilean collective Ritual Inhabitual, comprising the artists Tito Gonzalez and Florencia Grisanti.  Piovano and Ritual Inhabitual will present their long-term projects that address the Mapuche issue in complementary ways, and we will discuss the impact of the rejection of political autonomy on indigenous communities that have fought for centuries for their rights.

Tito Gonzalez Garcia

Tito Gonzalez Garcia es artista visual y fotógrafo. Con sede en París, Tito González García y Florencia Grisanti fundaron el colectivo Ritual Inhabitual en 2013. // Tito Gonzalez Garcia is a visual artist and photographer. Based in Paris, Tito González García and Florencia Grisanti founded the collective Ritual Inhabitual in 2013.

Pablo Piovano

Pablo Piovano nació en Buenos Aires, Argentina el 7 de septiembre de 1981. Desde los 18 años forma parte del staff del diario Página/12 como fotógrafo. // Pablo Piovano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1981. Since 18 years of age, he has been part of the staff of Página/12 newspaper as a photographer.

Florencia Grisanti

Florencia Grisanti es artista visual y taxidermista. Con sede en París, Tito González García y Florencia Grisanti fundaron el colectivo Ritual Inhabitual en 2013. // Florencia Grisanti is a visual artist and taxidermist. Based in Paris, Tito González García and Florencia Grisanti founded the collective Ritual Inhabitual in 2013.

Leonardo Carrato

Leonardo Carrato is based in Rio de Janeiro and works as a photographer and filmmaker. Since 2012 he has been on a photographic journey driven by his passion to uncover the problematic historical development of his country.
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