From Chile to Rotterdam and back (1999) Jorge Kata Núñez

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About the artwork

In 1998, it was twenty-five years since the government of Salvador Allende in Chile was overthrown by General Pinochet. After the fall and death of Allende (1908-1973) many Chilean refugees came to the Netherlands. Among these refugees were many poets, musicians and artists. The Chilean painters' brigades made colorful indictments against injustice and deception in a clear visual language: sunny, poetic and pure. At the start of 1999, this episode from Chilean history was commemorated with exhibitions, debates and a festival. The work of the Chilean artist Jorge Kata Núñez was part of this. Kata made this painting on the initiative of Projectgroep Vluchtheuvel From Chile to Rotterdam and back. On the left is a friendly smiling Allende. In the middle a black horse gallops, symbolizing freedom and energy and refers to an untamable desire of hope and optimism. The horse runs over the Chilean flag, the white of which changes into the rays of the sun that floods the horizon with light. Bottom right is a figure that sympathizes with dictatorship and perishes in a gesture of shame. The mural was part of the 'Chilenen in Rotterdam - 25 year after Allende' exhibition. The painting is applied to care home "De Leeuwenhoek". This location has been chosen in consultation with the Old Westen Action Group and Humanitas Foundation.

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About the artist

Jorge Kata Núñez (Valdivia, Chile, 1953) was a metallurgical worker. He started his artistic work in the Ramona Parra mural brigade in Valdivia. In 1974, he was arrested by the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship forces and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1977 he is sent to the Netherlands and sentenced to 15 years of exile. In 1979, he was a founder and participated in various mural brigades. He also went to the Free Academy of The Hague that year. In Rotterdam he participated in various graphic workshops and started to make his own work. He lived and worked in Rotterdam until October 2012, after which he returned to his birthplace in Chile. Kata has made more than 60 murals throughout the Netherlands, both in public spaces and in buildings in the Netherlands and Chile. In the beginning he mainly painted murals that appealed to the sense of solidarity of people. His paintings, linocuts, books and engravings have been exhibited in various countries.

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