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Enrique Ramírez, Brises (Breezes), 2008, 16 mm and 35 mm transferred to digital video, color, sound, 12 minutes.

THERE ISN’T A CLOUD IN THE SKY at the beginning of Enrique Ramírez’s video Brises (Breezes), 2008, but the gray-suited actor in the opening shot is drenched, water dripping from his fingertips. The young man walks toward Santiago’s Palacio de la Moneda, the official seat of the Chilean president. He passes two fountains before entering the silent monument, his pace unrelenting. Visitors are meant to exit from the palace onto the Plaza de la Ciudadanía, but the actor pointedly heads in the other, “forbidden” direction. The site itself, where Salvador Allende’s life ended during the 1973 military coup, is not the only indication that Ramírez’s work is an exploration of history. “Breathe . . . and feel the water that cleans everything,” a measured voice recites in Spanish. “Breathe . . . and feel the breeze, the breeze that goes over you.” At the end of the film, attendants standing

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