The project team focuses on how these topics are represented in museums and official exhibitions and also interrogates the voices that are not yet heard or represented in these official, in particular those of women victims.
Activities So Far
The initial stages of the project have included workshops and the development of projects with research students at the UPTC in Colombia, focussing on women in the Boyacá region of Colombia.
The project has also worked closely with several organisations, including the OFP [Popular Women’s Organization] to create hand-made posters, telling the voices of women
A next major step is a series of co-creation workshops with the co-investigator María Mencía from Kingston University, in order to develop a new, interactive artwork which will tell the story of these women and offer new perspectives on the conflict, empowering these women to take ownership of their narrative.
María Mencía’s digital artwork, ‘Birds Singing Other Birds’ Songs’ (detail)
Claire Taylor, lead on the project, said “we’re aiming in our project to engage with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 16, to ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies’, and goal 5, ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.
The focus of our project on historical memory as an integral part of the process of conflict resolution, coupled with its sustained attempt to recover the voices of women victims of this conflict, provides an Arts- and Humanities-informed strategy of contributing to these two goals”
The project brings together a range of academic institutions, including researchers from the University of Liverpool, the University of Kingston, the Technological and Pedagogical University of Colombia, Santiago de Cali University (Colombia), and the Technical University of Cartagena.
Many non-academic partners are also involved in the events and activities, including:
- Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres
- National Centre for Historical Memory
- National Museum
- Federation of International Human Rights Museums
- Hijos e Hijas por la Memoria y contra la Impunidad
- Red Colombiana de Lugares de Memoria