Oral History Mini-Documentaries
Francisco Letelier: Blackboards of the People
In these videos, renowned artist Francisco Letelier talks about murals and activism in the Americas. Francisco Letelier is an LA-based artist and muralist whose work has been shown across the world and is deeply entwined in the political world and deeply involved with community activism. Letelier helped to create two murals in 1989 that are proudly displayed in SLU's ODY Library as part of the Orlando Letelier Mural Brigade, and a new collaborative "Bridging Cultures" mural unveiled in SUNY Potsdam's Lougheed Learning Commons in 2019.
In a lecture at St. Lawrence University on March 27th, 2019, Francisco Letelier discusses being exiled from Chile and the culture that he took with him when he left. Using photographs, Francisco tells the story of his life in Chile, his father's assassination in Washington D.C., and the Orlando Letelier Mural Brigade that he founded in his father's memory.
In this interview, Francisco Letelier talks about the murals that he's created and the importance of arpilleras during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. He also talks more about the Bridging Cultures mural he was creating at the time of this interview, while also detailing the work that goes into designing and painting a mural.