Museum Anthropology

The task of the museum in shaping the aesthetic-political field of memory in post-pinochet Chile


Angel Aedo

Paulina Faba


How does a museum shape the experience of memory? Focusing on the Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights (MMHR), this article develops this question through the analysis of the entanglement of sensations, values, affects, and the museum forms of addressing the beholder. The paper deepens on three critical phenomena that contribute to the shaping of the experience of memory among a heterogeneous public: (1) the acknowledgment of the visitor’s presence, (2) the mediation of memory, and (3) the emergence of an anonymous voice that takes place as a collective expression of the people. It argues that the material arrangements of the MMHR become forms of detachment from the past that shape the aesthetic-political field of memory in post-Pinochet Chile.

  • Linea de investigación

    Violencia Estructural y Desigualdad, Violencia Criminal e Inseguridad Urbana

  • Fecha


  • Revista

    Museum Anthropology

  • Palabras Claves

    Museum of Memory and Human Rights (MMHR), politics, aesthetics, Chile.

  • DOI

  • Autor/a principal Paulina Faba