Dignidad. Artists’ books by María Verónica San Martín
Exhibition ‘Dignidad’. Artists’ books by María Verónica San Martín from 21 September 2019 to 5 January 2020
House of the book presents the exhibition ‘Dignidad’. Artists’ books by María Verónica San Martín from 21 September 2019 to 5 January 2020
Artists’ books, an installation and a performance. These works can see seen in the exhibition ‘Dignidad’ by multidisciplinary Chilean (book) artist María Verónica San Martín (born 1981). Her work shows a passionate involvement with the recent political past of her native country Chile. The years of the dictatorship of Pinochet (1973-1990) and its long lasting effects on present day society play a prominent role in her work.
San Martin’s moving artists’ books are in the collections of a number of leading museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. This is her first exhibition in Europe.
Books as memorials
Maria Veronica San Martin is a representative of the present day generation of book artists. Her themes and perfect technical execution are closely intertwined. She sees her (book)art as an instrument for social change. In In their memory torture practices and portraits of the victims are hidden behind the façade of a building or the majestic Andes mountains. Her books make sure this history and the victims are not forgotten. Books as memorials.
In addition to the books, visitors can see a video recording of the performance ‘Dignidad’. Colonia Dignidad was an enclave in the south of Chile which was an important place for the clandestine operations of the secret service of the Pinochet regime (1973-1990). San Martin’s installation combines sculpture, sound, performance, texts, archival material, and recently discovered original tapes. These tapes record telephone conversations between former Nazi agents and the representatives of the regime. Through this installation San Martin reveals what happened in Colonia Dignidad where crimes against (minors) and opponents of the Chilean dictator took place.
House of the book
This exhibition is part of the series ‘Revolutionary books’ organized by the House of the book, a cooperative venture between the National library of the Netherlands and Museum Meermanno.