11 September 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the violent military coup in Chile, which overthrew the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende.
Chile 50 explores how political art was used to sustain solidarity and resistance in the face of incarceration, torture and exile. The exhibition re-stages Peter Kennard's 1978 show, A Document on Chile, alongside a display of arpilleras - subversive patchwork pictures sewn by women during the Pinochet dictatorship - and photographs taken by contemporary Chilean activists of the recent social uprising of 2019-2022. The exhibition is shown as part of Chile 50 Years UK, a year-long commemoration programme.
The exhibition runs 12 - 23 September