Why a Memory Museum?
The Museum is an open doors house to memories and stories, reflection and awareness. They opened the doors to invite people to know facts of the past that have marked the present, so that the pain unfolds its learning and is not repeated. So that together we build the culture of respect and the value of life.
Memory is plural, diverse and heterogeneous, it is intangible and tangible heritage. In the Museum, we contribute to a plural memory construction about the armed conflict and its related violence, to understand what is happening in our society, to strengthen life, to rediscover hope, to believe in the future and to transform.
Memory is a window to Community. It contributes to recognize the place of each one of us and to understand the reality of the city and the country. Memory unites realities, allows to build collectively and is expressed by multiple languages while we recognize each other and identify us.
Memory names what happened, recognizes it and contributes to the truth clarification. It contributes to of forgiveness, healing and liberation processes. Keeping memories allows redefine life, mobilize experiences, open horizons and enhance people and communities in resistance. The memory amplifies the voice of the victims, preserves the patrimony and extends the historical memory.
Unlike other memory museums in the world, concerned with finding ways to heal the relationship of a country about its past (war or dictatorship), the House of Memory Museum is concerned with the memory of a conflict still alive. That is, the memory of a conflictive present, rooted in the tense past, of a country is expected will be different and hopeful, given the prospects for reconciliation that are opening.
All this allows the Museum, in its interaction with the victims, an increasingly fluid alternation between the symbolic roles it has assumed: MUSEUM and HOUSE, as it is also a space of welcome and hospitality, something appreciated by a population that with cruel frequency has been and continues being struck by the exile tragedy.
But the most important thing is that the Museum has also become a place of hope, with permanent examples of generosity and courage of these brave and strong populations, which like Guayacan tree flourish in the midst of adversity.
Memory, a bridge towards future
We call memory to the faculty of remembering the past, to the traces and the meanings that leaves in us the experienced; It is changeable and is associated with the representations we have of ourselves and our society. In the same way, we could call memory to which allows us to imagine and build the future we want.
In Colombia, it is difficult trying to imagine a reality in peace, because the memories of our country without conflict are almost non-existent. Even so, the war experience has impressed us enough to seek and desire peace. In moments of sadness we imagine joy, and the experience of that joy fixed in our memory, makes us desire it and act to recover it.
Likewise, hope, as it is imagined during war and pain, becomes an essential part of the present and inspires our desires and expectations for the future.
To the extent that we can use the past as a resource for life, we can transform our past and our realities into new history, freeing ourselves from the resignation and immobility of historical events, to make possible a reality different from war, death and violence. Memory can generate transformative actions, giving life to the future and keeping vivid memories of the past.
For the House of Memory Museum, it is necessary that the exercises memory construction and pedagogy are accompanied by a powerful and new vital current; by a vision of the past that does not weaken the present or uproot the future, but also to promote in people, as conscious subjects of their past, a creative impulse to imagine and to build all together a Colombia in peace.