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The Insubordination of Photography 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm

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The Hemispheric Institute cordially invites you to the launch of Ángeles Donoso Macaya’s The Insubordination of Photography: Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship (University of Florida Press, 2020). Please join us for a conversation with the author, Susan Meiselas (Magnum Foundation), Luis Weinstein (SudFotográfico Foundation), and Susana Draper (Princeton University). A reception will follow.

After Augusto Pinochet rose to power in Chile in 1973, his government abducted, abused, and executed thousands of his political opponents. The Insubordination of Photography: Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship by Ángeles Donoso Macaya is the first book to analyze how various collectives, organizations, and independent media used photography to expose and protest the crimes of Pinochet’s authoritarian regime.

In a culture saturated by disinformation and cover-ups and restricted by repression and censorship, photography became an essential tool to bring the truth to light. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and other archival material, this book reflects on the integral role of images in public memory and issues of reparation and justice.

Photo credit: Hernán Parada, Obrebierta A (1974-present). July 1985. Photo by Adriana Silva. 

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Ángeles Donoso Macaya is an immigrant professor and researcher from Santiago, Chile, based in New York City. Her research centers on Latin American photography theory and history, counter-archival production, human rights activism, documentary film, and feminisms, with a focus on the Southern Cone. She is Associate Professor at BMCC/CUNY (Borough of Manhattan Community College); since 2017, she collaborates with different organizations involved in the sanctuary movement in NYC. She is the author of The Insubordination of Photography: Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship (University Press of Florida, 2020) and co-editor of Latina/os of the East Coast: A Critical Reader (Peter Lang, 2015). Ángeles also participates in somoslacélula, a collective that creates video-essays about pressing political issues.

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos since 1976. She is the author of Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora’s Box, and Encounters with the Dani. She has co-edited two collections: El Salvador, Work of 30 Photographers and Chile from Within. Meiselas is well known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Her photographs are included in American and international collections. In 1992 Meiselas was made a MacArthur Fellow. She is presently the President of the Magnum Foundation.

Luis Weinstein (Santiago, Chile, 1957) is a photographer, cultural manager, journalist, television presenter, and professor of photography. He has also worked as a producer and curator of conference gatherings, festivals, and numerous photographic exhibitions. Since the late '70s, he has been active in the Chilean photographic community. He is a member of the Association of Independent Photographers (AFI), where he served as president in 1983 and is the founder and Co-editor of the South American Photography Magazine Sueño de la razón. He has curated various exhibitions with his authorial work and has edited nine publications of his own photography. Weinstein is currently Chair of the SudFotográfico Foundation, the organization responsible for the research and publication of Una revisión al Fotolibro chileno (2019).

Susana Draper is feminist researcher on structural violence and prison abolition from Uruguay and lives in New York where she has been part of different collectives devoted to building commons in New York City. She teaches at Princeton University and is author of 1968 Mexico: Constellations of Freedom and Democracy (Duke UP, 2018), México 1968: Experimentos de la libertad, constelaciones de la democracia (Siglo XXI, 2018), Afterlives of Confinement: Spatial Transitions in Post-Dictatorship Latin America (Pittsburgh, 2012), and Ciudad posletrada y tiempos lúmpenes: Crítica cultural y nihilismo en la cultura de fin de siglo (Amuleto 2009).