Carlos Caszely Theatre of Nightmares


Drawing on wider themes of global injustice,Carlos Caszely Theatre of Nightmares is a treatment of the 1973 Chilean coup d’état – led by Augusto Pinochet – and its impact on Chile’s population.

Browne presents Carlos Caszely, a Chilean footballer and national icon who is powerless against the brutal forces of Pinochet’s military dictatorship.

Caszely’s criticism of the regime has been answered with interrogation and violence against his mother, who he is depicted consoling. They are situated in the late President Allende’s Parliament Hall which is here used for processing wanted opposition activists, who were also tortured on other parts of Chile, including the National Football Stadium.

Within the painting is a reminder of ‘For 30 Pieces of Silver’, echoing the competitive influence of opposing ideologies and the crushing impacts that one of them had.