Estadio Nacional, Santiagophoto ©Lorie NovakI have been in Chile since Sunday with my research group “Women Mobilizing Memory” – scholars, artists, friends from NYC, Santiago, and Istanbul. We spent 5 days in Chile visiting memorial sites and celebrating the election of Michelle Bachelat. Now I am on the beach in Concon, 2 hours from Santiago trying to digest it all. Yesterday we visited the soccer stadium where prisoners were taken after the coup on 9.11.73 until the end of November when the stadium was need to play soccer (!). It was an overwhelming experience which I cannot put into proper words yet, so I choose these photos. photo © Lorie NovakA section of the seats remain as they were.

photo ©Lorie NovakIn the bowels of the stadium we are shown where the prisoners were kept. Our guide has led the fight almost single-handed to preserve this © Lorie Novak

Estadio Nacional in Wikipedia 

LIFE, Gordon Parks, Memory

I just finished posting to my Community Collaborations blog about this fantastic piece in the Lens Blog: Gordon Parks’s Harlem Family Revisited by John Edwin Mason and Jesse Newman.

The photo essay appeared in the March 8, 1968 issue of LIFE which is online in its entirety via Google books. In reading the lens blog article and viewing the slide show I did not have a memory of seeing this essay even though I was reading LIFE magazine religiously at that time. Seeing it now, I think  how could my family not have talked about this? As has happened many times before, I am struck at how sheltered I was growing up. But then I looked at the essay in the LIFE issue online and seeing it as I saw it in 1968, I remembered it! Black inner city poverty (and so much else) was so foreign to my world in suburban LA that LIFE was how I learned about the world beyond me. And I learned it through pictures. I cannot help but think that my weekly journeys with LIFE led to many of the life choices I made.

World Memory Project

What a name.

Millions of documents containing details about victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II still exist today. Through the World Memory Project, you can help make these victims’ records searchable online and restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history, one person at a time.

via World Memory Project.

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