Todas Las Manos

Spreading the Seeds
20 October 2016
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Todas Las Manos is a five part or "Pentaptych" installation. Each panel functions individually as well as a part of the larger composition. The panels are numbered from right to left. The mural celebrates human rights and global justice and serves in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier (the artists father) and co-worker Ronni Karpen Moffitt who were killed in Washington, DC on September 21, 1976. Forty years after the car bombing that took their lives, the pursuit of justice for Orlando, Ronni and other victims of the Pinochet regimes continues.

The dandelion is the logo of the Transnational Institute, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies of which Letelier was director when he lost his life. It's mandate: to investigate the growing disparity between rich and poor in the world, and to seek democratic paths for its remedy. The fifth panel describes the reason why it was chosen as the organization's symbol.

The dandelion also symbolizes the powerful legacy that has been created though the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards. Since 1976 they have recognized those at the forefront of important struggles both domestically and abroad.

On this panel, look for the list of those who have received the award: a group of individuals and organizations that have confronted violence and terror with peace, justice and dignity  creating the ground-work for building a better world today.

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