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Visual Memory of Nation: the identiy re-visited.

Abstract in spanish

This paper proposes a reflection on the Mario Toral’s work named Memoria Visual de una Nación (Visual Memory of a Nation), inaugurated in its first phase in 1996, and that is located on the subway station “Universidad de Chile”, in the city of Santiago. The objective is to approach the work as a text, that re-composes a statement of the Chilean identity from images of certain historical facts, geography and prominent figures (presidents and poets) that crosses the distance of the nation, from its origins up to the present, from the pre-Hispanic past, passing for the violence of the conquest, the constitution of the republican State, up to the maximum expression –in Chile- of the urban modernity that would represent the space in which it is inserted: the subway.

Keywords: memory,national identity,art.
Author: Carmen Gloria Godoy. Profesora Escuela de Antropología-Escuela de Historia, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano. Magister en Estudios de Género y Cultura, Universidad de Chile. Doctoranda en Estudios Latinoamericanos, Universidad de Chile.
Received: January 15th, 2007, Accepted: March 19th, 2007
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 9 - Santiago, junio 2007 - 120/144 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.