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POSTPONED: Chile Peoples’ Uprising: An Exhibit of Images from the Front Lines
April 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Due to the current public health emergency and recommendations for events not to exceed fifty people, the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art is postponing our April 3 First Friday event. The opening reception for our new exhibit, Chile: Peoples’ Uprising, will be rescheduled for a later date. We will be sure to inform you of the new date for the exhibit opening when we make that determination.
At ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo 14201. Chile: Peoples’ Uprising: An Exhibit of Images from the Front Lines by Orin Langelle and Anner Petermann. Opening reception Friday, 3 April from 6 – 9 PM. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
A massive popular uprising in Chile began on 18 October 2019. Millions are demanding a new economic and political system in Chile and a new constitution. Chile’s existing Constitution was written during the Pinochet Dictatorship installed by the U.S. in 1973.
Women have a lead role in the protests, including the Red Masks in Resistance movement (photo above), and created an anthem for women’s rights that has gone viral: El Violador en Tu Camino also called ¡El Violador es Tu! [The Rapist is You!]. It is performed by women all over the world.
Photos and videos were shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing People’s Uprising in Chile. From Santiago and Temuco’s streets to the Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in the communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle had the honor of being part of the uprising as documentarians.
The Red Masks in Resistance movement photo below has history with the performance of !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path). !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path) is emblematic of the uprising in Chile. Well directed anger, spirit, strength, art and love: Organized by a Chilean feminist collective, LASTESIS, the performance was titled !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path). The song and accompanying dance takes on the patriarchy as the cause both of violence against women and the victim shaming that often comes after. Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía, they sang (and the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed). The anti-rapist anthem and dance is planned to be performed by a local women’s group at the opening – lyrics and video here: http://www.buenvivirgallery.org/exhibits-2/upcoming/
¡Buen Vivir! Gallery is part of the Global Justice Media Program of Global Justice Ecology Project