MARÍA VERÓNICA SAN MARTÍN
María Verónica San Martín (b. 1981, lives and works in Brooklyn, United States)
Dignidad (Dignity), 2019
Artist’s book: Photolithography, photography, handmade box, gilding, USB with audio, performance records, and exhibition catalogues Closed: 11 x 11 x 2 inches
Printed and published by the artist
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Dignidad is a visual and sound installation with a performance at the National Archive of Chile based on Colonia Dignidad, a hidden community in Southern Chile founded by Nazis in 1961 who managed to hide themselves after WWII. During the Pinochet dictatorship, the regime’s intelligence forces used it as a crucial site for clandestine operations, in collaboration with the CIA and Nazi officers. The work takes as point of departure unreleased audiotapes from 1978 that turn into a music composition. Through sculpture, sound, text, and historical archives the performance reveals what I define as a “political abstraction” that deconstructs symbols of power from a fundamental metal unit. This artist’s book is the documentation of the project.