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Camnitzer’s Leftovers reflects a period of political turmoil and violent repression in Latin America. The installation is made up of individually bandaged boxes, stained with red paint and with the word ‘Leftovers’ stencilled on them. The implication is that they contain human remains. Uruguay, the country in which Camnitzer spent his formative years, descended into chaos during the late 1960s. A wave of labour disputes prompted the President Jorge Pacheco to declare a state of emergency and impose martial law. Demonstrations were brutally suppressed, and political dissidents were arrested and often tortured.

February 2016