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The Walls of Santiago: Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile

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Volume 29

Protest, Culture & Society

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The Walls of Santiago

Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile

Terri Gordon-Zolov and Eric Zolov

342 pages, 157 color illus., 2 maps, online maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-255-1 $175.00/£132.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2022)

ISBN  978-1-80073-322-0 $49.95/£39.95 Pb Not Yet Published (April 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-256-8 eBook Not Yet Published

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“We are living a new era of protest, organizing, and political engagement. This book is both a testimony of these changes and an extraordinary early effort to make sense of this new reality. It is the result of the authors’ vision and commitment to keep alive a history that was bound to vanish.” • Mónica Ricketts, Temple University

“This is an excellent and unique contribution to our understanding of protest art. It is the first substantive treatment in English of an important social movement and a significant contribution to the political impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” • T.V. Reed, Washington State University


Beginning in October 2019, Chile was convulsed by protests and political upheaval, as what began as civil disobedience transformed into a vast resistance movement. Throughout, one of the most striking aspects of the protests was the murals, graffiti, and other political graphics that became ubiquitous in Chilean cities. In this fascinating, beautifully illustrated book, Terri Gordon-Zolov and Eric Zolov—who were in Santiago to witness and document the protests from their very beginnings —offer a vivid catalog of Chilean wall art in all its vitality, subtlety, and inventiveness, along with reflections on its artistic antecedents, the context of global protest movements, and the long shadow cast by Chile’s authoritarian past.

Terri Gordon-Zolov is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at The New School in New York City. She is former Director of the Gender Studies Program at The New School and sits on the editorial board of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly). Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Nottingham French Studies, Latin American Literary Review, The Nation, and NACLA, amongst others. She is currently writing a book on the literature of memory in post-dictatorial Chile.

Eric Zolov is Professor of History at Stony Brook University and was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago in 2019. He is former Senior Editor of The Americas and former Director of Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Stony Brook University. The author of The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties (2020) and Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (1999), he has published widely on popular culture, twentieth-century Mexico, and U.S.–Latin American relations.

Subject: Media Studies History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean