Javier Alvarez

Photographer
  
Chile Invisible
Location: Brooklyn
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: Javier Álvarez (Santiago de Chile, 1988) is a documentary photographer with a special interest in social issues. His work is focused on human relationships in neglected communities. Alvarez's work has been exhibited, published, granted... MORE
Private Story
Chile Invisible
Copyright Javier Alvarez 2022
Date of Work Sep 2020 - Ongoing
Updated Jan 2021
Location SANTIAGO
Topics Documentary, Mixed Medium, Photography, Portraiture, Spotlight
In between September and December of 2020, I was commissioned by Aperture Foundation and FujiFilm to work on a story about the concept of 'tomorrow.' While developing a photo essay focused on the victims of the Chilean social revolution and their families, I was also able to cover the ongoing protests as the background on this pivotal point in the history of Chile, when a referendum to change the constitution inherited by the dictator Augusto Pinochet, was finally approved in October 25th of 2020.

Since the protests started on October 18th of 2019, more than 42 people have died on circumstances related to the protests, over 400 people have suffered some ocular trauma by gunshots fired by the police, more than 1500 have claimed tortures or vexations, and over 3000 people are still incarcerated for protesting, waiting for a trial.

The government denies that Chile has violated any human rights and that there are no political prisoners.
Entre septiembre y diciembre del año 2020, fui encargado por Aperture Foundation y FujiFilm para trabajar en una historia relacionada con el concepto del 'mañana'. Mientras desarrollaba un ensayo enfocado en las víctimas fatales y sus familiares durante el estallido social, pude también documentar el continuo desarrollo del telón de fondo en esta historia, al aprobarse el 25 de octubre, un plebiscito para cambiar la constitución heredada por el dictador Augusto Pinochet.

Desde que comenzaron las protestas en octubre del 2019, más de 42 personas han perdido la vida por razones ligadas a la revolución, sobre 400 han sufrido traumas oculares relacionados con proyectiles disparados por la policía, sobre 1500 han reclamado torturas o vejaciones y hasta el día de hoy, existen más de 3000 presos esperando por un juicio, solo por la razón de protestar.

El gobierno, niega que en Chile se hayan cometido violaciones a los derechos humanos o que existan presos políticos. 
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