The first: September 11, 1973 – The Chilean Military Coup

Sydney Fringe Festival and artist Miriam Cabello expose the first Sept 11
banner1 September 11, 2013 is the 40th anniversary of the military coup that toppled the democratically elected Allende government in Chile. Australia’s Election Day, September 7, will mark the launch of this politically charged exhibition at the Sydney Seymour Centre. Internationally recognized artist Miriam Cabello will exhibit paintings that reflect on the stories of Chile’s political refugees that now call Australia home.

mum_dad“In 1971, my parents fled the impending doom of Chile’s internationally backed dictatorship. This series of oil paintings is inspired by my families’ rich history, political passions and personal experience.”

In the spirit of Sydney Fringe Festival’s ‘Cultural Rebels’ program Miriam will spotlight September 11 using a new oil-on-linen painting technique developed over 20 years research. This innovative process dubbed ©Spectral_Kinetic_Realism is a fusion of Dutch Master brushwork and saturated Pop-Art colour that creates a new reality. Set in the Baroque landscape of Santiago, stage one of this project explores the individual transformation of people when faced with conflict. Through education and the exchange of histories Miriam wishes to highlight shared cultural links and enrich the chorus of those who have survived oppression and adversity.

tankDebuting this series of paintings at the Seymour Gallery is paramount due to its educational focus and alignment with the University of Sydney. An international student internship program has been established as part of the series longterm program. Students from China, Holland and Canada have contributed and been inspired by research into toxic political experiments as exposed by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. “The Chicago School revolution leveraged large-scale shock or crises to experiment with divisive power structures…”

“For three decades, Friedman and his followers had methodically exploited moments of shock in other countries – foreign equivalents of 9/11, starting with Pinochet’s coup on September 11, 1973…” (Klein 2007)

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All artwork credits © Miriam Cabello 2013, oil on linen. From top: Two Soldiers (detail; 61x71cm), The Graduation (detail; 71x61cm), Tanks of Terror (detail; 101x122cm).

About Miriam Cabello:

Miriam Cabello has over 20 years experience in collaborative community arts and educational projects. Taking part in cultural activities to help bridge gaps of understanding. Encouraging and developing the idea of art interwoven with education, as a viable commercial and communication device.
“I revere projects that will ultimately benefit and contribute to a just society.”

Miriam Cabello launched MLC Powerhouse Design Studio in 1993. The studio has developed into a substantial and diversified design practice. With extensive experience in creating for the arts, community, government and commercial environments.

The design studio has worked with leading corporations, government bodies, councils, and community organizations to produce numerous award-winning projects, which have since become highly recognised within both the corporate and community sector. For example: Voices of Australia: 30 years of the Racial Discrimination Act.


About mlcgallery

Designer, communicator and curious commentator on the value and exploitation of colour to communicate thought, fears, agenda, boundedness, beauty and bounty.
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