Refugio Antisistema

Pilar Quinteros


The work reflects upon the search for family protection in front of a disaster whether caused by nature or sociocultural factors. It is shaped by a documentary video showing the research of an appropriate place to install a shelter and all the setbacks the artist and her family experienced to carry out this mission. This video is shown in a prototype Anderson shelter mounted outside the Cerrillos Art Center.

The Anderson shelters were implemented  as an emergency measure in  the Second World War in England. They were designed by then Minister of Home Affairs Sir John Anderson to be built in the backyards of houses. They consisted of two galvanized steel plates joined vertically that curved to form an arch. This arch was reinforced in front and behind with other plates and the shelters were installed in a hole one meter deep, on a rectangular base, and covered with soil or cement. “The reason for building an Anderson shelter, says the artist, is very practical: cities which originally intended to be places where a community worked and lived together efficiently and communally have historically also faced insecurity and often hostility on many sensory levels. In addition, in Chile there is the constant threat of losing everything as a consequence of seismic movements for which no one is prepared. In Chile we are not really educated to deal with such an event and nobody is safe. Today I and my family live in an apartment, we do not have summer houses to escape to, or anything similar, nor do we have a patio to build a shelter and I feel we need a place (or at least I feel I need) a place to which to run and hide.”