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Making Torture Visible

Macarena Gómez-Barris

in Where Memory Dwells

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255838
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255838.003.0003
Making Torture Visible

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Guillermo Núñez is a survivor of torture who was held captive and blindfolded for five months during Pinochet's regime. As such he has a critical and instructive take on the period of the transition to democracy, which has been characterized by the continuation of the military regime's economic liberalization policies. This chapter, primarily through Núñez's visual work, shows how the tortured body and its representative force open a confrontation with the social costs of the oft-touted economic “Chilean miracle.” A focus on underpaid workers, increasing income gaps, social inequality, policy measures, weakened unions, and a bleak environmental picture reveals the failures of the neoliberal economic model.

Keywords: Guillermo Núñez; art; democratic transition; torture; economic liberalization

Chapter.  6694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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