Collection: Sue Coe

Sue Coe
b. 1951, Tamworth, England; lives in New York¶
Pinochet, 1973-83
Mixed media collage on paper
97-1/2 x 154 inches
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, promised gift of Dorian Bergen / ACA Galleries
Courtesy of ACA Galleries

Sue Coe s graphic, politically charged artworks have often been produced for newspapers, magazines, and illustrated books, in addition to galleries and museums. Pinochet is part of a series she created in protest of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, who took control of Chile by means of a U.S.-backed military coup against the president Salvador Allende in 1973. Pinochet, who retained power until 1990, carried out one of the largest campaigns of state-sponsored violence directed against a domestic population during the latter half of the 20th century. At least 4,000 individuals were kidnapped and disappeared, and more than 40,000 were imprisoned and tortured.¶¶This large-scale work depicts tunnels under the National Stadium in Santiago, which were used by the military as sites for detainment, torture, and mass-executions throughout Pinochet s tenure, but especially during the first few weeks after he took power. The artist s inclusion of a Pepsi vending machine in this image is an allusion to the complicity of U.S. corporations in maintaining Pinochet s dictatorship, as he privatized many previously state-run industries and opened Chile to the world economy. ¶

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