Leaving home

Jose with his mother
Jose with his mother in Cuba, about 1948.
Source: Jose Alonso

Memories

Jose and Gaston carry with them potent memories of their homelands. Jose says he is attached to ‘a mythical Cuba that no longer exists,’ a time of happiness and prosperity. Gaston’s memories are a complex fusion of an unhappy childhood, political euphoria and despair, and the trauma he tries to forget.

A Difficult Journey

Gaston was released from prison into the glare of Pinochet’s Chile in 1976. His entire government file was missing, leaving him without an identity. He was not allowed to complete his qualifications. Other members of Gaston’s family had already migrated to Australia and his marriage to the girl he had written to in prison was on shaky ground. It was time to leave.

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Wedding Missal Jose’s Spanish language maths books Jose’s first Hohner accordion Gaston Letter Love token made by Gaston Arias Munoz National identity card Gaston with his parents Gaston's Passport Book of poems written by Gaston