Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, will today unveil a new artwork by celebrated Chilean artist Otto Schade at its office in Cardiff. The large colour canvas is a portrait of the iconic Chilean musician Victor Jara.
The portrait was produced during the 2013 El Sueno Existe festival in Machynlleth. The festival was established to celebrate the life and work of Victor Jara, musical voice of the Popular Unity movement in Chile which led to the socialist government of Salvador Allende.
Victor Jara was tortured and murdered after the military coup on 11 September, 1973, which led to a brutal dictatorship under General Pinochet.
The portrait is being presented to Unite the union by the El Sueno Existe committee and the Chile 40 Years On committee, in recognition of Unite the union’s solidarity and support.
Speaking at the portrait unveiling Andy Richards, Unite Wales secretary said:
“Unite is very proud to unveil this portrait of Victor Jara, who is a hero to many in the labour movement across the globe. Victor strove for justice and equality for ordinary working people. Today 40 years after his death we live in an even more unequal world than ever before.
This portrait will remind people that the fight to eradicate poverty and inequality goes on. It will hopefully inspire people to uphold the values that Victor Jara stood for and strive to create a more just and equal society”.
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The portrait will be unveiled at 10.30am on Thursday 24 April at Unite regional office, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey and the Wales secretary is Andy Richards.
Otto is a chilean-german artist, architect and urban sculptor living in Europe since 2004. He has been painting since 1996 exhibiting his work in collectives and solo exhibitions in Chile, Germany, United States, England, Japan, Netherland, Russia and Paris.