Apr. 15, 2017: Liberty, Equality, Fatality

 

At the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, we were greeted with an eerie, ethereal voice singing a version of the French anthem, La Marseillaise.

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Only after wandering through the ground-floor exhibits of the beautiful Beaux Arts-styled museum building did we get to the second floor and the explanation both of the anthem and of the striking artwork (I don't know if I can say sculpture) hanging in the hall.

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There, we discovered that the disembodied ship and the haunting voices were intended to call attention to the ideas of borders, and the hardships of immigration, over time, and especially in Chile. The exhibit's narrative expresses it well...

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