An exhibition based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad in collaboration with The National Archives of Chile, The Association of Memory and Human Rights on Colonia Dignidad and the lawyer Winfried Hempel.

Dignidad is an Art installation at The National Archive of Chile of the Chilean artist María Verónica San Martín based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad. Found in 2012 by the ex-colonel and lawyer Winfried Hempel, the audios reveal for the first time to the public conversations between Paul Schäfer and other Nazi agents during 1978. Through sculpture, sound, performance, text, and a selection of historical archives, San Martín reveals a complex system of codes and transcontinental actions that culminated in crimes against minors and opponents of the Chilean civic-military dictatorship (1973-1990). Next year the exhibition Dignidad will travel to the The Center for Book Arts in New York, the ATA gallery in San Francisco as a performance, and to the Museum Meermanno in The Hague.

Related Events

  • Opening Reception: January 18, 2019, 6:30 pm
  • Artist Performance: March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Una exhibición basada en documentos telefónicos secretos sobre Colonia Dignidad en colaboración con el Archivo Nacional de Chile, La Asociación por la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Colonia Dignidad Y el abogado Winfried Hempel.

Dignidad es una instalación de la artista chilena María Verónica San Martín basada en documentos telefónicos secretos sobre Colonia Dignidad. Encontrados el año 2012 por el ex colono Winfried Hempel, los audios revelan por primera vez al público conversaciones entre Paul Schäfer y otros agentes Nazis durante 1978. Por medio de la escultura, el sonido, la performance, el texto y selección de archivos históricos, San Martín revela un complejo sistema de claves y acciones transcontinentales que culminaron en crímenes a menores y disidentes políticos. El próximo año la exposición Dignidad viajara al Center for Arts de Nueva York, la galería ATA en San Francisco como performance, y al Museo Meermanno de la Haya.

María Verónica San Martín es artista chilena residente en Nueva York. Desde el año 2012 se ha especializado en técnicas de grabado desarrollando la serie Memoriales Móviles compuesta por siete libros de artista en torno a las violaciones a los derechos humanos ocurridas durante la dictadura chilena, y la directa participación de Estados Unidos y el Nazismo. Su obra se encuentra presente en más de 44 colecciones en siete países alrededor del mundo, incluyendo el Museo Pompidou en París, el Museo Meermanno en La Haya y la Librería del Congreso en Washington DC, entre otros. San Martín ha exhibido de forma individual y grupal destacando el Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos de Santiago; BRIC Arts Media en Nueva York; The Bayerische Staatsbibliotheken Múnich. San Martín es representada por la galería Booklyn Inc. en Nueva York.

Exhibition Views

large metal sculptures occupy the floor of the gallery
Dignidad by Maria Veronica San Martin (2019) installation at CBA
six charcoal paintings of faces on plastic
The Right to Know Maria Veronica San Martin
six charcoal paintings of faces on plastic
The Right to Know Maria Veronica San Martin
brochure spread with image of performance
Dignidad by Maria Veronica San Martin Brochure cover
brochure spread with exhibition checklist of works exhibited
Dignidad by Maria Veronica San Martin exhibition brochure
spread with interview with the artist
Dignidad by Maria Veronica San Martin exhibition brochure
spread with interview with the artist
Dignidad by Maria Veronica San Martin exhibition brochure
cover of white book with red threads hanging out of the spine
In Their Memory (cover) Maria Veronica San Martin
flag book structure each flag printed with a black drawing of a face
In Their Memory (open book interior) Maria Veronica San Martin
capitol of chile across a unfolded accordion spine
In Their Memory (open spine view) Maria Veronica San Martin
flag book displayed in an arch shape
In Their Memory (open) Maria Veronica San Martin
Performance Dignidad, two metal sculptures and live music, March 6, 2019
Performance Dignidad, two metal sculptures and live music, March 6, 2019
Performance Dignidad, two metal sculptures and live music, March 6, 2019
Performance Dignidad, two metal sculptures and live music, March 6, 2019
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