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Photo of the military coup in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, provided by Penn's Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program. 
Photo of the military coup in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, provided by Penn's Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program. 

The Chilean 9/11: An art exhibit in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania is hosting an art exhibit focused on the overthrow of former Chilean President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, and the…

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Sept. 11, 2001, is remembered as one of the worst tragedies in U.S. history, as nearly 3,000 people were killed after four passenger planes were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field in Somerset County, Pa.

However, Sept. 11 is also a prominent date in Chile’s history as 45 years ago to the day, the military overthrew the government of then-President Salvador Allende.

“The Other 9/11- Memories: Geography of a Decade, Chile 1973-1983,” on display at Penn’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from Sept. 11 through Oct. 18,  “is an exhibit that utilizes vivid imagery, exquisite detail, and artistic expression to capture the impact the Chilean military coup and regime had on society,” according to a press release. It contains more than 100 pieces of artwork and photography.

“There are times in which the past can serve to inform us about the present and help us understand that there are moments in life when the artist cannot remain silent,” said Priscilla Gac-Artigas, a curator and owner of the collection, said in the announcement. Gac-Artigas is also a professor of Latin American Literature at Monmouth University.

The exhibit showcases original prints by Chilean painters José Balmes, Gracia Barrios, and Guillermo Núñez, who are National Art Award Winners that created their works while in exile in France.

The program is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program. Dr. Tulia Falleti, director of the program and associate professor of political science at Penn, said the exhibit will give students, as well as the LALS community at-large, the opportunity to explore the legacies of the 9/11 coup on Chilean politics and society while comparing the event to other situations of state violence, both in the U.S. and around the world.

The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia 19104.

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