A poetic meditation on the history of brutal colonization and devastation throughout Chile’s history, Guzmán elegantly builds an argument for the importance of preserving memory when all culture is lost. Devastated by foreign conquest, indigenous culture has little left than cherished memory. That genocide is contrasted by the more recent tragedy of Pinochet dictatorship, when thousands of political prisoners were murdered or disappeared, many of whose bodies were dumped into the sea. Using water and Chile’s 2,670 miles of coastline as the entry point to pull diverse experience and ideas together, Guzmán finds the memory and voice that bind a culture.
Sponsored by Nathan Cogan and The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at Portland State University.