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Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South: Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives

The Cold War period and its subsequent (post-) conflicts are characterized by a remarkable amnesia and a politics of invisibilization that reflect the epistemic order of decolonization of the Global South. Yet counter-semantics that challenge historical oblivion und injustice have been articulated by artists, writers and institutional initiatives that increasingly seek to contest this amnesia with alternate narratives or dissonant archives. Transitional situations, such as negotiated in Colombia or Lebanon, reconfigured an increasingly diverse landscape of memory cultures that claim truth and justice. While some transitional societies opted for an amnesty that fosters the invisibilization of the protracted conflict, others initiated a cultural and political process through a dialogue with the creative human rights.

«processes of reconciliation and the search for truth and justice that exists within cultures, foregrounding alternate and plural writings of history»

Nurturing official silence, amnesia, and the fragmentation of society, the related violence on human and non-human life forms has generated complex and conflicting memory cultures that are shaped both by local and global biases. Drawing upon a comparative cultural analytical and art historical perspective, this project examines the role of cultural production, in particular the arts, as aesthetic inquiries and dissonant narratives in processes of reconciliation and the search for truth and justice that exists within cultures, foregrounding alternate and plural writings of history. The project thus understands contemporary global arts against this background as performative practices of human rights and ethical praxis.

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Sep 21, 2020 Artist Talk mit Uriel Orlow

Unterstützt durch Kunsthistorisches Institut, Kulturanalyse, ZKK und SNF.
Online-Gespräch moderiert von
Prof. Dr. Liliana Gòmez, Universität Zürich

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Oct 30-31, 2020 Workshop “Arts and Conflict: Contesting the Unavailability of Cultural Heritage”

Public virtual conference:
La_cápsula / Zoom
Organized by Liliana Gomez (UZH)

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Jul 03, 2020 Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
Edited by Liliana Gómez (UZH) and Lisa Blackmore (Essex)

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May 15th - 16th, 2020 Ecologías / Políticas: Huellas Antropogénicas y Resistencias

2020 Tschudi Lecture and SLASS Workshop
Public virtual conference: University of Zurich / Zoom
“Cuerpos híbridos: ríos, ecologías y narrativas de la desaparición en Colombia”
Presentation by Maria Ordóñez (UZH)
Organized by Elena Rosauro (UZH)

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Mar 07, 2020, 3–7pm Film Screening and Discussion “Imagining Absence. Film and the Politics of Disappearance in Colombia and Lebanon”

Kino Toni, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Discussion with Ghassan Halwani (Leb), Claudia Salamanca (Col), Fabienne Liptay (UZH) & Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira (UZH)
Organized by Iris Fraueneder (UZH) & Maria Ordóñez (UZH)

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Feb 10 – 15, 2020 “RÉUNION” Performance Festival

Amapala / Isla Exposición
Public Screening “Algunas observaciones sobre el Paisaje”
Visual essay by Maria Ordóñez (UZH)
Honduras, Tegucigalpa.

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