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Antoinette Bouzonnet Stella, The Entrance of the Emperor Sigismond into Mantua, 1675; Engraving on paper, 6 ½ x 15 ¾ in.; Gift of Chris Petteys

03 - 20 - 2017


A collection of letters by 18 inmates of the Women’s Penitentiary of Santiago will be exhibited until March 31 at the Posada del Corregidor Art Gallery as part of the “Women’s Letters”project, organized by the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in collaboration with the Department of Corrections [Gendarmería de Chile] and Santiago Metro.

This traveling exhibition was inaugurated in August 2016 at Quinta Normal Station and was later transferred to Bellavista de La Florida Station. It was hugely successful in both stations and visitors received it positively, as the letters had great narrative force and invited spectators to establish an intimate connection with the feelings and reflections of the writers, whose texts were selected from a total of 147 submissions.

The jury was composed of renowned writers, journalists, and opinion leaders such as Mónica González (director of Ciper), Carla Guelfenbein (recipient of the 2015 Alfaguara Award), Arturo Navarro (director of the Estación Mapocho Cultural Center), Adriana Valdés (member of the Chilean Academy of the Spanish Language), and María José Viera-Gallo (writer), among other personalities of the literary and artistic world.

Drina Rendic, President of the Chile Committee of the NMWA, stated that this initiative sought to “promote the participants’ creativity, discover and visibilize potential literary talents, and contribute to inmates’ rehabilitation and reintroduction into society. We also wish to strengthen their dignity and self-esteem”. Also, aware of the importance of highlighting the literary work of imprisoned women and encouraging the simple but inspiring act of writing, the President of Metro, Rodrigo Azócar, stressed that “this exhibition allows us all, as a community, to open up spaces for reflection and conversation based on the stories and experiences of a group of women who have found in literature a path leading to rehabilitation and reintroduction into society”.


“Women’s Letters” Exhibition
Posada del Corregidor Art Gallery, Esmeralda 749, Santiago.
From March 15 to March 31. From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 14:30 to 17:30.
Free entry – includes hourly guided tours.




Special thanks


    • Andrea Cuomo
    • Andrés Rodríguez Perez
    • Carlos Moran
    • Cecilia Echeñique
    • Comité Calificador de Donaciones Culturales
    • Embajada de Chile en Estados Unidos
    • Estela F. Garafulich Adult Literacy Programe
    • Francisca Florenzano
    • Javier Mendicute
    • Javiera Parada
    • Jurado Concurso de Canto 2014-15
    • Jurado Concurso “Mujeres en la Música II”
    • Jurado Final “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Jurado Preselección “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca Valley
    • María José Viera Gallo
    • Mario Agliati
    • Mica Kaufmann
    • Michelle Landa
    • Nieves Edwards
    • Roberto Sepúlveda
    • Rodrigo Espinosa
    • Teatro Corpartes 660
    • Teruca Martinez
    • Ximena Sahli
    • Viñamar y Castillo de Molina
    • Viña Veramonte