Oscar Muñoz. Protografías. 2011
Book Published by Museo de Arte del Banco de la República.
© Oscar Muñoz & Sicardi Gallery
This project discusses the role of investigative aesthetics in situations of (post-)conflict and transition and examines the mnemonic/archival potential and counter-semantics of literature and art as dissonant narratives for addressing critical historiographies, accountability, responsibility, and truth both in Colombia and Lebanon. So it reassesses the relationship between investigative aesthetics, their forums and the court that has shaped the historical narratives about violent pasts, while it critically inquires into transitional justice, which rests on the premise that it is necessary to attend to the past in order to progress into a future, in which the past has been understood, documented and judged. Moreover, the concept stipulates the rights of victims, and of civil society more generally, in terms of non-judicial mechanisms for the reconstruction of truth – beyond the Special Tribunal for Lebanon or the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. It gives space to the collective dimension of truth telling and truth constructions, material witnessing and with them to the critical function of archives to guarantee the right to memory and the access to judicial records.