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Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth & Reconciliation






Transitional Justice

Type of Work


Exhibition Design


Chega means ‘stop’ or ‘enough’ in Portuguese language, this gave the title to a very unique project that produced the design for a complex exhibition for the Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR). The CAVR was based at the former Balide prison (Comarca) in Dili and later rebranded as Centro Nacional Chega!. The exhibition aimed at displaying an edited version of the comprehensive 7-volume Chega! Report. The lengthy report covered the truth-seeking investigations about human rights violations between 25 April 1974 and 25 October 1999, as well as historical facts, findings and recommendations.


This was the first public exhibition related to the East Timorese diaspora since Timor-Leste became an independent nation in 2002. The exhibition was designed in a bilingual format (Tetun/English) and was displayed across 5 rooms. The exhibition was listed no.1 in the top 10 places to visit in Dili by Lonely Planet. Here is a short film made by UNMIT (UN Timor-Leste Mission).

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