Done in response to an invitation to create a piece in Santiago, Chile, Chille is divided in two parts: a loosely executed, large-scale reconstruction of an idealized model of the funeral procession of the dictator Augusto Pinochet made by hardline supporters following his death, which Okón found at a private club in Santiago and a two channel video installation recording a low-budget reenactment of Pinochet's funeral. The piece is a phantasmagorical response to the realization that the structural changes made by Pinochet, notably a neoliberal system that favors private corporate interests, are still firmly in place. Pinochet is not dead.
2 synchronized channels.
2 projections or 2 flat screens.
Duration: 25:01 minutes, loop.
Sixty-one resin sculptures covered in rough plaster.
Dimensions: 18 inches height, each soldier.
Articles & Interviews about Chille.
Ramos Izquierdo, Marta, Chille: la música no ha parado, October, 2014.[PDF]
Silva Astorga, Daniela. “Chille” En La Galería Gabriela Mistral: Arte y política bajo la Mirada azteca. El Mercurio, 9A, November 2009. [PDF]
Pedraza, Gonzalo, Chille en Chile, ''Catalog for the exhibition Chille'', Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile. 2009 [PDF: Español / English]