Title: CHILI les routes de la mémoire
Photographer(s): Patrick Zachmann
Writer(s): Patrick Zachmann
Designer(s): Eric Cez, Florence Miailhe, Patrick Zachmann
Publisher(s): Marval, Paris, French
Size: 13,5 x 22,5 cm
Print: Musumeci, Quart, Aosta, Italy
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Chile,1998
Patrick Zachmann went to Chile for the first time in December 1998 and met victims of the dictatorship. In June 1999, he returned there to try this time to transcribe through photography what had so upset him. He then decides to explore the places of Chilean memory and goes more particularly to the north, between Arica and Antofagasta, where the most arid desert in the world is located, and where he finds there the contradictory traces of memory and time, on the one hand, and those of amnesia, on the other.
From the introduction of the book.
These are the traces of the dictatorship, but also the signs of the Chilean national amnesia that he tracks, from the Iquique desert to the national stadium of Santiago via the old detention center of Chacabuco. Between his images, those of a distraught country which turns its back on memory, Patrick Zachmann has inserted some of the 900 photos of the missing gathered by the Association of Families of Detainees. "Because, he said, forgetting is the worst gift one can give to the present.