MEDELLIN|ES A Living Memory
About the Project
MEDELLIN|ES A Living Memory is a cultural intervention for the construction of memory and reconciliation around the socio-economic phenomenon that led to the phase of violence associated with drug trafficking in the city of Medellin during the 70s, 80s and 90s.
It is an exhibition proposal that opens questions and presents some relevant facts regarding violence and resistance in the recent past, through voices, narratives and images of daily life. It is a space to explore Medellin as an unfinished and ever changing story, one that we are building together through a living timeline. It is a chance to remember and imagine the repression and explosion of the 70s, the blindness, fear and perplexity of the 80s, and the awakening of the 90s.
This exhibition installation, which will circulate among 5 UVAs (Articulated life Units in Spanish), proposes a tour through some relevant facts from each decade, associated with the violence of those times. It is intended to help visitors understand the events displayed in the exhibition, and build their own memories of those times.
This is a joint project between the EPM Foundation and the Museo Casa de la Memoria (MCM), with the support of the Partnerships for Reconciliation Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ACDI/VOCA.
Those Who Make it Possible
MEDELLIN|ES A Living Memory is a joint project between the EPM Foundation and the Museo Casa de la Memoria (MCM), with the support of the Partnerships for Reconciliation Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ACDI/VOCA.
About our Partners
USAID stands for the United States Agency for International Development, created by president Jhon F. Kennedy in 1961 for the management of all official US international cooperation, to support certain types of projects in different countries.
In the case of Colombia, USAID supports projects that:
Promote economic prosperity through licit economy, especially in the agricultural sector
Improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations, including Afro-Colombians and indigenous people
Promote respect for human rights and justice
Face natural hazards generated by climate change and protect the ecosystems and biodiversity of Colombia
ACDI – VOCA
This American NGO promotes initiatives that generate opportunities and raise the quality of life for communities, and for the past 15 years it has been implementing in Colombia programs funded by USAID. It is currently implementing the Partnerships for Reconciliation Program (PAR) which will promote transformative partnerships aimed towards the generation of economic and social opportunities, involving the private and public sectors, as well as the general public, under a reconciliation approach (ER) that includes recognition of the past as a mobilizing instrument, change from the perspective of the self (psycho-emotional approach) and the inclusion of the different and most vulnerable population segments (LGBTI, afros, gender, indigenous peoples and the disabled), with emphasis on the young population.
MEDELLIN|ES A LIVING MEMORY will be in five UVAs distributed in different areas of the city. By using this public spaces, which are so important for community interaction, integration and social transformation, there is a strengthening of public participation in the construction of memories of violence and resistance in Medellin during the 70s, 80s and 90s.
There is a commitment to shed light on the realities people live, to recognize victims, build life testimonies and encourage (through workshops) reflection and creation of content with the visiting public.
UVAs are urban spaces that seek to take advantage of the infrastructure for water storage tanks (EPM), as an opportunity for community outreach.
About the Exhibition
The most violent city in the world? The Medellin cartel? Hired assassins and narcos? Social cleansing? Is this Medellin or which Medellin(s) do we inhabit, see, suffer, remember and live?
Medellin(s) one and many cities: the city in which we were born and the one we build, the city that each one lives and the one the world read about in the headlines. The day-to-day city, the city we have in the eyes, feet and stories. City of paradoxes and contradictions, gray areas, spring flowers, green mountain, brick red and blue sky.
MEDELLIN|ES A Living Memory is a platform that encompasses the exhibition and workshops created to learn anew about the different faces of the city, which overlap and cross each other, far and near, through a multi-lateral interaction with Medellin, its territories and its inhabitants. It opens questions and presents some relevant facts regarding violence and resistance in the recent past, through voices, narratives and images of daily life. It is a space to explore Medellin as an unfinished and ever changing story, one that we are building together through a living timeline. It is a chance to remember and imagine the repression and explosion of the 70s, the blindness, fear and perplexity of the 80s, and the awakening of the 90s.
It is an invitation to individual and collective reflection on how violence infiltrated our culture, our views on things and the ways in which we interact. To encourage dialog about a past that is still present, and to build memories on our experiences, our learning, our happenings and the new meanings we find for the conflict.