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Music was often written, sung and heard in political detention and torture centres in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).
For many political prisoners, to write, play or listen to music were ways to register, process, remember, forget or transcend difficult experiences.
Music helped them to maintain a sense of normality, it was a tool to preserve dignity and hope, to have fun and communicate with other inmates and with the outside world.
The repressive system also employed music as a form of domination and indoctrination, and in connection with torture and other types of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
The memory of these experiences is an important fragment of the lives of those who resisted, fought and shared their stories for this project.
We invite you to explore and share these experiences.