By Jorge Brantmayer
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Captured through the lens of one of the most important photographers in contemporary Chile, this selection of images takes us on a journey through Chilean theater as resistance during the dictatorship.
Archivo Jorge Brantmayer: teatro chileno 1983-1992 is a series of 1,350 previously unpublished color photographs, recording 125 theater plays at 50 private and public venues that were active during the dictatorship and the transition to democracy. This material forms part of an interactive exhibition that aims to move and impress the public and remind them of the theater made at a time of crisis in the eighties and its boldness and differentiation. Curated by theater researcher María de la Luz Hurtado under artistic director Camilo Yáñez and with the work of an interdisciplinary team from the Catholic University, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to relive the work of hundreds of theater artists who are still on the scene today - like Alfredo Castro, Shlomit Baytelman, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Noguera and so many more – as well as those who are no longer with us, but continue to leave their mark on our collective memory. All of them have been captured with finesse by the lens of photographer Jorge Brantmayer, whose work is a nod towards the pictorial, using real scenes from everyday life.
Cast and crew
Photographer: Jorge Brantmayer | Curator: María de la Luz Hurtado | Art director: Camilo Yáñez | Researchers: Patrizio Gecele and Olaya Sanfuentes | Producer: Patrizio Gecele.
Seeing beyond what’s visible
Since he was at school, this visual artist (Santiago, 1954) has been passionate about photography. That’s why he studied Arts at the University of Chile, as well as training as a photographer at the Chilean School of Photographic Art. His photography is intelligent, ironic and delves into the invisible, closely scrutinizing human psychology, as seen through his striking faces of women prisoners (Cautivas, 2007-2008, exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum) and through a wide variety of Santiago inhabitants (Muchedumbre, a project that began in 2011 and was exhibited both in Chile and abroad). He’s received numerous awards, including ones from the Chilean Circle of Art Critics on three occasions (2007, 2010 and 2017) and the Altazor Award four times (2000, 2008, 2009 and 2013).
María Luz Hurtado
A pioneer in Chilean theater research
Theater researcher, theorist and a sociology graduate from the Catholic University, she has a doctorate in Literature from the University of Chile. She has developed her career at the Catholic University’s Theater School, where she’s a full professor, as well as running the Apuntes de Teatro magazine between 1987 and 2010, producing valuable Chilean theater critiques and a collection of Chilean dramaturgy texts. She’s been directing the Catholic University’s Stage Research and Archive Program since 2000. Together with her team, she’s systemized a patrimonial collection of 25,000 visual and audiovisual documents about Chilean theater, which are available through different online platforms, such as ChileEscena.cl. She’s curated Chilean theater photography exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museum - 2010, René Combeau and 2017-2018, Luis Poirot – with the latter named Best Visual Arts Exhibition in 2017 from the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.
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