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The (im)possible representation of national history: national identity, memory and trauma in Memoria Visual de una Nación by Mario Toral

Družboslovne Razprave. 2015;31(79):7-26


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Journal Title: Družboslovne Razprave

ISSN: 0352-3608 (Print); 1581-968X (Online)

Publisher: University of Ljubljana

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Sociology (General)

Country of publisher: Slovenia

Language of fulltext: Slovenian, English

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Hernán Cuevas Valenzuela


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article presents an analysis of the mural titled Memoria Visual de una Nación (Visual Memory of a Nation) with a focus on its panel Los Conflictos (The Conflicts) , by renowned Chilean artist Mario Toral. The representation of divisive events in MVN raises the following questions: Why did Toral include conflictive issues in a mural representing national identity and memory? And, how did Toral deal with national identity and its demand for unity when faced with a divisive and traumatic history? The article deals first with the interconnectedness of meaning-making and social and political context and then addresses the tension between the realm of the political -or antagonism- and the realm of hegemonic politics -or order- in search of a deeper understanding of this work of art and its representation of Chilean history and identity.