AMSTERDAM – During the demolition of a store in the Amsterdam neighborhood of Osdorp, a large mural of Chilean artist has been discovered. Jorge Kata Núñez (65) from the Brigada Ramona Parra painted the wall in 1983. The project developer has stated he will protect the mural from getting destroyed.
The Brigada Ramona Parra was a collective of artists found in 1968. They dedicated themselves to painting walls, often hiding political messages in their artworks. The group portrayed social problems in their work and became a national phenomenon after Salvador Allende became presidential candidate in 1970.
During the years of the dictatorship in Chile, members of the Brigada Ramona Parra fled the country and sought refuge in, among other countries, the Netherlands. During the 70´s and 80´s the group painted around sixty murals in the Dutch capital, but most of these murals were destroyed or overpainted.
For both the people of Amsterdam and artist Jorge Kata Núñez, the appearance of the mural came as a surprise. Núñez himself, who got exiled from Chile in 1977, told the local newspaper Het Parool: “My murals have always been filled with passion. The horse’s head stands for the strength for the people of Chile: the woman and man who lift a star together symbolize the hope that we couldn´t lose at the time (of the dictatorship, red.) and there is also the “no to fascism.” That speaks for itself.”
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.