At the time of transit in which we are as a society, after the signing of the peace agreement, in which we inquire about our history and question ourselves about the future we are willing to build, multiple questions open up: What does it mean to reconcile? How have we reconciled in Colombia? Is it possible to reconcile in a society still in conflict?
Seeking to answer these questions, Casa de la Memoria Museum explores the ways in which communities have generated reconciliation processes in their territories; those ways which they have tried to spin again the fibers broken by the different violence and conflicts that have marked our recent past with.
The experiences that this exhibition brings together show that reconciliation, more than a point of arrival, is a process lived day by day, in which it is necessary to question our imaginary and prejudices and rethink the ways in which we interact in various fields, whether individual, social and political.
In a country where violence keeps leaving victims and whose social fabric is fractured, every day, community, cultural and artistic practices provide spaces for meeting with the other whom they are in conflict with, favoring new ways of recognizing, speaking, feeling, and live.
After so many years of violence in Colombia, it is difficult to talk about a single conflict and it is necessary to recognize the different confrontations we have lived and we are still living. How we relate to the other, who is that other – or others – and what conflicts remain in the individual and collective spheres, appear as important issues to address.
When talking with communities about reconciliation, questions about conflicts, daily violence, naturalized violence and the social and cultural practices that feed them inevitably arise, which in turn become major challenges for reconciliation in our country.
What do we understand by reconciliation? How do we perceive it? In what scenarios is it lived and discussed?
Sowing a vegetable garden in a cemetery or a football match among those who consider themselves enemies are particular ways in which reconciliation is expressed. Each person and community understands it from their own needs and experiences. Sometimes it arises in scenarios where we would hardly expect to find it, just as plants grow in the pavement cracks.
When we talk with the community about reconciliation, a series of conditions related to this process emerge; such as recognition, reparation, truth, and in some cases, forgiveness.
Reconciliation has multiple forms and vast possibilities, it requires time for intimate reflection, understanding what happened and why, healing and seeing the other as the human being they are.