Chilean photographer Luis Weinstein presents the work of his photobook Es lo que hay [That’s the way things are], documenting everyday life in Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session between the author and Carlos Reyes Manzo.

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Es lo que hay is divided into four chapter. The book registers everyday life in Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. Chapter 1, “Esto ha sido” documents the whole period from the coup d’état to the reestablishment of democracy. Chapter 2, “Se vende ilusiones” is a fictional account based on a short story. Chapter 3, “Apuntes del Edén” deals with different forms of communal and family occupation of territory presented together: one reportage focuses on a popular beach and a summer day camp, photographed for a number of years; the other follows a group of “pobladores” (settlers) as they occupy a piece of land and start urbanizing the area and turning it into a new village. Finally, chapter 4, “Toque de queda” locates in urban interstices preserved by the night the possibility of surviving a dark period in the country’s history.

Luis Weinstein (Santiago, CHILE. 1957) is a journalist and completed an MA(c) in Cultural Management. He has worked as a photographer since the late 1970s and is the founder and editor of the South American photo magazine “Sueño de la razón”. He is currently working in the processes related to the circulation of images through exhibitions, photobooks, seminars and writing.

Carlos Reyes-Manzo studied cinema and photography at the Film Institute of the Catholic University of Chile from 1962 to 1965 and since then has been working as a social documentary photographer documenting the hopes and struggles of people across frontiers. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, Birkbeck.