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Commemorating the 50th year since the 1973 Civil-Military Coup in Chile, spearheaded by Augusto Pinochet, Chilean photographer Toro-Goya delves deeply into the harrowing subject of the Forced Disappearances that occurred between 1973 and 1990. For decades, military forces pursued, tortured, and hid those who stood against the Pinochet regime.
Currently, about 1500 individuals remain unaccounted for in Chile, with their families persistently seeking answers. “Procession”, released by Editorial RM, showcases a meticulously curated visual narrative by Toro-Goya, in partnership with the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees from La Serena, Chile. In this piece, characters grapple with the agonizing potential of discovering their vanished loved ones through a fictional narrative. A tangible tension intertwines the narrative and documentary elements, employing Baroque stylistic techniques, a style Toro-Goya dubs as “Baroque Documentarism”. This work, dedicated to the memory of the vanished, stands as a poignant historical testament where the representative body transforms into a symbolic reality, bridging the memory voids for those in ceaseless pursuit.