Everyday life portrayals in the Human Rights archive

Human footprints show the passage of time, are aesthetic and anthropological gestures that draw the trajectory of the daily, the existence in the intimate and the public. By itself, the footprint is not a communicative event, but it becomes a sign when it meets an interpreter, it represents something to someone.

This exhibition is located in the Memory Activation Resource Center – (known in Spanish as CRAM – Centro de Recursos para la Activación de la Memoria), in the Museum archive. It gathers two works that share the presentation of everyday life footprints that become archives, which serve to review the society past under the magnifying glass of fundamental rights.

The Almanac exposes traces of Jorge Tiscornia confinement during the military dictatorship that governed Uruguay between 1973 and 1985. In his cell, Tiscornia recorded the day-to-day on tobacco paper, as a necessary act to affirm its existence. When the evidence of their closure came to light, they were valued as a file of great importance for the clarification processes on the human rights violation during the period of the dictatorship.


Existence Facts exhibit photographs by artist Fernando Cuevas Ulitzsch from some peripheral neighborhoods of Medellín, Bogotá and Cali, in the late nineties. Human footprints appear as expressions of life, inhabiting and the exercise of power. Today, these images compile a photographic archive that is useful to meditate about how far or near we are from our recent past.

For the Museum and the CRAM, testimonies and archives are fundamental tools for the participatory construction of memories, knowledge and critical analysis of the recent past. For this reason, both exhibitions propose a reflexive interaction with their contents, update the question about the events that occurred, activate creative writing exercises, invite different readings of the same documents.

We invite you to visit these spaces of footprints that today are archives, to activate them and to inhabit them from their own experience, to recognize points of encounter with the present and to elaborate new stories.

In association with
Museum of Antioquia
Partnership with: School of Library Science – University of Antioquia / UPB
Special thanks to Photography Center of Montevideo (Uruguay), known in spanish as CDF (Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo, Uruguay)

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