“Los de Chacabuco”, a group created and directed by Ángel Parra. Chacabuco concentration camp
Praised as an “extraordinary digital archive” by Alex Ross (critic of The New Yorker), our project seeks to contribute to the historical memory of the dictatorship and to debates on human rights in other historical and geographical contexts.
Developed initially in collaboration with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Santiago, Chile), the project was conceptualised by Katia Chornik as part of her post-doctorate at the University of Manchester in 2013-16.
The platform has 160 testimonies, of which 52 refer to songs fully or partially created in detention. To see the testimonies, click here.
Materials from our project formed part of the British Museum’s I Object, Ian Hislop's search for dissent exhibition (2018-19), which explored ways in which human beings have subverted concepts of authority for over three millennia.
To collect materials, we combine online crowdsourcing and edited transcriptions of oral testimonies obtained via interviews and events.
The ideas expressed in the exhibited materials are the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the project team.
The Cantos Cautivos project is a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Cantos Cautivos is a not-for-profit project and adheres to the ethics statements of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.
We are grateful to those who have shared their stories, and to the following people: Nayive Ananías, Sergio Araya, Miguel Ángel Bravo, Luis Cifuentes, Rodrigo Cifuentes, Marcelo Coulon, Pascal Coulon, Felipe Farías Pereira, Aitor Fernández, Laura Jordán, Julio Laks, Rosa Marks, Héctor Muñoz Cantos, Ernesto Parra, Thomas Schmidt and Marcos Stuardo.
Enrique Azúa (National Human Rights Institute, Chile)
Dr Aquiles Brayner (Federal District Government, Brazil)
Prof Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester)
Prof Suzanne Cusick (New York University)
Dr Daniel Díaz Vera (Adolfo Ibáñez University)
Tom Hockenhull (British Museum)
Dr Rosalía Martínez (Paris 8 University)
Dr Alicia Salomone (University of Chile)
Ed Vulliamy (The Observer / The Guardian)