Indigenous clay vessels from Quinchamalí, Chile may appear merely decorative or functional, but they have also been used as repositories for memories and symbols of social justice.
It is predominantly women from Quinchamalí who produce representational pottery, having done so since at least the 16th century. Over time their designs have evolved, unfolding layered meanings and emotions for Chileans even outside the region where the pots are made. In the last century, the Quinchamalí style has become an emblem of the struggle for social justice as well as a source of inspiration for contemporary artists.
This digital exhibition explores Quinchamali pottery from four narrative viewpoints, to emphasise that the same subject matter can be presented and understood differently. There is free movement between each thread, however, to allow the viewer to engage as they like with the information provided.