The House of Memory Museum was created in 2006 – as a project inside the Victim Assistance Program of Medellin City Hall – aiming to contribute from the memory exercise to open and plural dialogues, critical and reflective, to understanding and overcoming the armed conflict and the different violence of Medellin, Antioquia and our country.
We are a space inside the heart of the city where the memories of the armed conflict that our country lives, have a physical and symbolic place, from which we pretend to act in the cultural transformation that longs for Colombia.
We are Living Memories, see to not repeat. This space is a house of dialogue and encounter to understand what happened and is happening in our society, to rediscover hope and to think about other possible futures.
The House of Memory Museum is a political, pedagogical and social project, inclusive and representative, which contributes to the transformation of the war logics towards more civilized practices, through construction and circulation processes of the armed conflict memories, the construction of cultural expressions and commemorations; pedagogies design for cultural and social transformation, advocacy strategies implementation and social mobilization, for human rights and non-repetition guarantees; and definition and implementation of knowledge management processes, oriented to the circulation and democratization of the same.
El Museo Casa de la Memoria será reconocido como una CASA para el diálogo y la amplificación de las voces de las víctimas en torno a sus memorias; un MUSEO que potencia la memoria como acción política, reivindicando las necesidades del duelo colectivo, la defensa de los derechos humanos y las acciones de reparación simbólica; y un REFERENTE ciudadano incluyente y representativo, orientado a la comprensión del pasado y la transformación cultural de las lógicas de la guerra, como bases para la construcción colectiva de la paz, a nivel local, regional y nacional.
At the House of Memory Museum, we work from different lines and projects to build memories, sensitize all citizens against the impacts of violence and ensure that there is an understanding and guarantee of non-repetition.
Our main projects are:
Creation and Circulation of Contents
This process involves the memories jointly elaboration, archiving and circulation, to contribute to the guarantees of non-repetition, symbolic reparation and reconciliation. For this purpose, our Museum has its own researchers and the Memory Activation Resource Center – (known in Spanish as CRAM – Centro de Recursos para la Activación de la Memoria), which objectives are:
- Research for the participatory construction of memories
- Elaboration of museological scripts and contents construction for the museographic processes
- Knowledge management
- Contents circulation through the Document Center and Human Rights Archive
- Leading and participating in academic and city events
Making Visible the Memories and Transfer Them
This process aims to generate pedagogical methodologies and museographic experiences that enable an approach and understanding of the conflict from the enunciation and symbolic elaboration of memories, intersubjective dialogues and the recognition of the other, awareness of their pain and needs; Interpellation and mobilizing the subject and the strengthening of the communities towards the peace construction.
Social links and alliances
This process aims to generate citizen participation through social and cultural spaces around the memories and their role in building peace, from the plurality and recognition of diverse voices. To achieve this objective, it seeks to establish links between local, national and international entities, as well as the development of alliances and the networks activation that also allow the strengthening of the Museum internal and external processes.