25 July, 2024
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Liverpool Regional Museum is hosting a major exhibition dedicated to the area’s Chilean community titled Exilio (Exiled) Chile to South West Sydney.

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun said it is appropriate that one of the nation’s most multicultural cities is the host for an exhibition dedicated to those who fled persecution.

“The 1973 Chilean Military Coup d’état forced a whole generation into exile,” Mayor Mannoun said.

“One of the darkest chapters in the history of Latin America caused thousands of Chileans to be kidnapped, tortured, disappeared and murdered.

“The geopolitics leading up to the coup and generational after-effects of trauma and loss are presented in archives, artefacts and ‘Arpilleras’ – a communal folk-art process created by women which depict pictorial narratives and testimonies of protest in brightly coloured textiles.

“The Chilean community is only one of many communities that have found a safe, peaceful and comfortable home in Liverpool.”

The exhibition includes events for school children, presentations, and film premieres.

Events at Liverpool Regional Museum
462 Hume Highway, Liverpool

Wednesday 17 July 10.35am  – Alpacas with Maracas – story time for children 4-8
A reading of Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove..

Saturday 20 July 11.00am – Film maker Milena Sanhueza Ben-David speaks about her documentaries that preserve the legacy of her community’s past and help the storytellers and herself heal old wounds.

Saturday 3 August 11.00am – Film maker Pablo Leighton presents his oral history the memories of Latin American diaspora living in Sydney since the first significant waves of migration began 50 years ago. It features personal accounts of local activists which helped Latin America to enter the cultural and political history of Australia, particularly between the 1970s and 1990s.

Full details of these and other events can be found in the What’s On section of Liverpool City Library’s website https://mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/events/whats-on/whats-on

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