The No-History

This installation is made of the editing of a thousand books after the revision of archive material declassified by the US concerning the Southern Cone countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. This region of South America has a long history of interaction, one of the most traumatic of which is the operations which these countries undertook to persecute, arrest, torture and kill people during dictatorship times.One of the most well known operations was called The Condor Operation. Following the return of democratic government these same countries formed the MercosurTreaty (Southern Common Market) of which all the countries are members and Chile is an associated country.

The selected documents presented in these books were taken from the website protected under the Liberty of Information Act, on which thousands of documents declassified by the USA can be found. The documents were selectedaccording to criteria of information content and visibility, and they represent a tiny proportion of the total of the existing documents. Many of the documents are censored with blacked-out sentences, have the seals and stamps and use the letterhead of the organisationsthat produced them.

Taken together they reveal the extent to which the frontiers between these countries were ignored during the dictatorships, and the level of collusion between the governments and the United States in order to control discourse in opposition to the regimes and to the logic of USApolitics.Thenon-History is the title of the installation presented at the 8th MercosurBiennial, which reveals through the documents and its method of presentation how our national histories have not yet begun to be related based on the truth of past events. Both the notion of sovereignty andthe autonomy of the implicated countries, as well as the image of border, are called into question.

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project type:
Mercosur Biennial
Technique and/or objects:

1000 books of 17 x 23.5 cm, 400 pages of 120g Bond paper.Back-lit display: height 70 cm at its highest and 15 cm at its lowest; length 5 m 90 cm; width 1.95 cm. Divided into 12 modules of variable dimensions.


Dimensions Variable
Porto Alegre
Mercosur Biennial