In October 2019, Chile witnessed the highest levels of social uprising in decades. The movement began with high school students demanding change to economic precarity and inequality due to a neoliberal system that impoverished the majority of its citizens. Millions of people took over the streets to demand structural reform and replace the current Constitution which had been adopted under the dictatorship years. Young people were at the forefront of this struggle representing hope and possible change. After a year of protest, Chileans voted overwhelmingly in favour of drafting a new constitution and later voted for the 155 members of the constitutional assembly.
Since then, the constitutional process has been unprecedented for its participatory nature, and a constitution has been written by its constitutional assembly with an equal proportion of women and men. The draft enshrines human rights and emphasizes a more equal and inclusive society, with special attention to groups who have been historically excluded such as Indigenous, women, Afro-descendants, and LGBTQ+ people while also expanding environmental rights, making fighting climate change a constitutional duty for the state. This constitution is the result of those millions of Chileans that took over public space to demand change, reparation, and demand a more dignified Chile.
text by Tamara Toledo. Curator, Sur Gallery.
Grid of 12 pigment prints
Mounted in Birch Plywood 3/4 inch
Size 28.8 x 36 cm each
Ontario Art Council. Exhibition Assistance Grant: Winner 2022-2023 (CA)
The People United. (Group) Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. Hamilton, ON Canada 2023 (CA)
The People United (Group) Sur Gallery. Toronto ON, Canada 2022 (CA)