Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Beginning in 2019, Chile saw a new wave of large scale protests termed the Estallido Social in response to the consequences of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and the persistence of social inequality upheld by neoliberal economic expansion. This thesis explores the use of street art in the Chilean Estallido Social Protests and the ways in which it functions as a form of emancipatory journalism. The traditional means of mass communications in Chile are rooted in neocolonial and corporate interests, and are thus a limited means for disseminating information concerning political action against the present administration and its interests. This thesis aims to examine the diversity and content of Chilean protest art and demonstrate the power of street art as an alternative broadcasting means to express dissenting opinions and challenge the Chilean media superstructure.

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