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
TRAMA (group show), 2022-23
Curated by Tamara Toledo, LACAP - Latin American-Canadian Art Projects
Process — 12 Pigment prints. Medium format film negative, scanned and laser printed, re-scanned and pigment printed on enhanced matte photo paper, mounted on Baltic Birch plywood (3/4 inch). Size 28.8 x 36 cm each. Wood work built in collaboration with artist Justin Pape. Unique
TRAMA (additional selected works), 2019
Selected work featured and honoured with:
2023 — Latin American Visual Artist Archive, LACAP (CA)
2023 — The People United (group show), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. Hamilton, ON Canada (CA)
2022 — The People United. Artist Talk. Sur Gallery. (CA)
2022 — Ontario Art Council. Exhibition Assistance Grant: Winner 2022-2023 (CA)
2022 — The People United (group show), Sur Gallery. Toronto ON, Canada (CA)
2021 — Nowhere Diary. Featured work + Interview (DK)
2020 — Raúl Zurita (documentary film) Feature. Gabinete + Goethe Institute. Frankfurt Book Fair (GE)