Victor Jara was a major protagonist in the latest show, Future remnants of a missing word, at Meyohas Gallery. His voice singing, “Yo no canto por cantar,” (I don’t sing just to sing) echoed in various sound and video pieces. On Monday, a former Chilean military officer was found liable for his torture and murder. This comes 43 years after Jara’s death.
When Shahrzad Changalvaee and I started working on this project we were aware of the judicial processes that were taking place in order to extradite [Pedro Pablo] Barrientos, and we were following the case closely, but the criminal was nowhere to be seen and it seemed that to achieve justice was more in the realm of hope than reality. This was one of the reasons why we felt it was so important to do this project, because the case is still open and because it is a story not fully told yet. The aftermaths of that dark period are still very present in the lives of the people in Chile. But we were to be surprised.