Student Photos from the Chile/Argentina Trip

Students from the Catlin Gabel Upper School traveled to Chile and Argentina on a global trip this March.


  • The city of Valparaiso is filled with street art. (Photo: Dave Whitson)
  • The Parque de la Memoria is located on the bank of the La Plata River, where numerous bodies of the disappeared washed up on shore, after being dropped in the river by the military. This sculpture states that, “thinking is a revolutionary act.” (Photo: Greg Bennick)
  • A protest in Mendoza on Argentina’s National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice, celebrated annually on March 24. Activism through protests like this has been a defining characteristic of Argentine politics over the last decade. (Photo: Katarina van Alebeek ’15)
  • The group saw the finals of a soccer tournament between River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys. The River Plate fans win the award for craziest fans in the world. (Photo: Alex Lam ’15)
  • An Argentine artist paints this bicycle stencil on detention and torture centers throughout Latin America. The bicycle represents those who disappeared during the Latin American dictatorships. Its meaning comes from a personal story of the artist. On his way to meet his friend, the artist drove by him and saw him riding his bicycle, but when he arrived at the meeting place all that was left was his friend’s bike. The artist continued to return to the meeting place to see if his friend would come to meet him; however, his friend never returned. All that was left there was his bicycle. Now the artist wants to paint 30,000 bicycles throughout Latin America for every person that disappeared in Argentina during the dictatorship from 1976-1983. (Photo: Annie Loduca ’15)
  • A student contemplates a mural found at Casa Memoria José Domingo Cañas, a former clandestine detention and torture center. The street art found at many locations presented a rougher narrative than often seen elsewhere - here a vulture with an American flag insignia has a dove in its talons. (Photo: Greg Bennick)
  • The external walls of the former clandestine detention and torture center “El Olimpo” are covered in street art. This piece declares “30,000 Presente,” a rallying cry in support of Argentina’s 30,000 disappeared, and includes the shawl that is commonly associated with the Madres of the Plaza de Mayo. (Photo: Dave Whitson)
  • The rural town of Paine took a different approach to memory: individual mosaics were created by the families of the disappeared in the community. They highlighted not the political controversies nor the perpetrators of human rights abuses but the unique qualities of the victims (exclusively men in this case) and their lives. (Photo: Annie Loduca ’15)
  • Throughout the city of Buenos Aires, baldosas are placed in the sidewalk as memorials for those who disappeared during the dictatorship. They can be placed outside the former schools, homes, and workplaces of people who disappeared, marking the date of their disappearance and what they loved to do in life. (Photo: Jill Low ’15)
  • Each week, Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo march around the plaza in the center of Buenos Aires in remembrance of their children who were disappeared during the military dictatorship. They have done so every Thursday for the past 37 years. (Photo: Jill Low ’15)