Janet Toro’s performance series The body of memory (El cuerpo de la memoria) rekindles both individual and collective consciousness of the coup d’etat in Chile – that took place 50 years ago.  

This exhibition of photography and video documentation of performances refers back to 1999, when the artist presented 90 performance-installations as part of the second Biennale of Young Artists that was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile. Walking barefoot for kilometres and subjecting herself to physical constraints, Janet Toro pointed out sites of political detention and torture implemented during the civil-military dictatorship in Chile. Pushing at the limits of her body, Toro experienced 62 methods of torture, that recollected the horrors employed by the dictatorial apparatus to suppress and obliterate anything deemed a threat to their project. Such methods are the basis of Toro’s radical works. 

Curated by: Nicole Cristi & Joselyne Contreras Cerda

Exhibition Producer: Daniela Larraín Salas

12 Oct 2023 – 7 Dec 2023 / Peltz Gallery (Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square) 


OPENING and Private View, 12 October, 18:00 – 21:00 hrs. 


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