Video Brasil, honorable mention for Breezes
In a long shot, the artist walks past the governmental palace La Moneda, the stage for the military coup that ousted and murdered the Chilean president Salvador Allende in 1973. A voiceover evokes memories of the author’s childhood, mixing the terror of the dictatorship with the sense of protection of being in his mother’s arms. Filmed in the opposite direction to the route permitted to visitors, the walker’s defiance becomes a metaphor for the subversive potential of revisiting a political history steeped in crime and lies. By taking back this public space, the artist raises the notion of collectivity as the prerequisite for any city.