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Ostracismos

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Published on Mar 28, 2008

La Peña Presents: Ostracismos. Paintings and Poetry by the Torres Brothers
La Peña's Lobby Area: From March 1 until April 29. 2008. Opening: Saturday, March 8, at 6:30pm
Using paints made with African pigments and white glue, Chilean artist and songwriter Osvaldo Torres created images to Ostracismos, a selection of poems about exile and resistance written as a dialogue in the distance with his brother La Peña's staff collective member, Fernando (Feña).
The 10 paintings by Osvaldo illustrate a poem conceptualized as an anonymous dialogue about exile and resistance to military rule during the Chilean dictatorship. The poem was written between 1978 and 1979 when both brothers were separated as a consequence of harsh political repression by the Pinochet regime. Almost 30 years later the poem became public when Osvaldo started to make the paintings.
"From the symbolic point of view," Osvaldo says, "my paintings are a never-ending trip back to the lands of my beginnings, the longing and the use of memory as a must, as a sign of the new life. I started working with acrylic in the early 80's later, since 1999, I started to experimenting with African pigments and white glue as well as with natural tints for wood." ###

EN CASTELLANO: Exhibición de Arte en La Peña
Ostracismos. Pintura y Poesía de los Hermanos Torres. En el Lobby: Desde el 2 de marzo al 29 de abril, 2008.
Inauguración: Sábado, 8 de marzo. 6:30pm.
Utilizando pigmentos africanos y cola blanca, el artista chileno Osvaldo Torres aporta imágenes a Ostracismos, un poema sobre exilio y resistencia escrito - como un dialogo en la distancia - con su hermano Fernando, Feña, miembro del Colectivo de Trabajadores de La Peña.
Las diez imágenes ilustran el poema conceptualizado como una dialogo familiar, privado y anónimo entre el exilio y la resistencia cultural a la dictadura militar. El poema fue escrito entre los años 1978 -- 79 cuando ambos fueron separados como consecuencia de la brutal represión política. Casi treinta años después el poema se hace público cuando Osvaldo comienza a pintar las imágenes.
"Desde el punto de vista simbólico," dijo Osvaldo, "mis trabajos son un eterno regreso a la tierra de mis comienzos, la nostalgia, y el deber de memoria como señal de vida por venir. Las pinturas en el libro, son una ilustración, que apoya la visión distorsionada que tenemos los dos de la realidad. Los ojos representan esas visiones que solo las reconocen aquellos que vivieron y viven el exilio y aquellos que como yo estuvieron 'encerrados' en la lucha contra la dictadura. ###

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