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(In)visible subjects: Flows, Narratives and Materialities of Forced Disappearance in Colombia

PROJECTOUTLINE

During the last sixty years (1958 – 2018), more than 83.000 persons have been forcibly disappeared in Colombia according to official and contested figures. In this context, disappearance of people has been a very specific phenomenon, not only in the region but at a global level, related to the origin and development of a complex armed confrontation. Defined by the circulation of subjected, abused and dislocated identities and bodies, by armed and non-armed actors.

Although, I understand disappearance as a phenomenon that responds to strategies of concealment of the intentions and facts that configure the armed conflict, what I propose in this project, is to broaden the comprehension of this phenomenon, approaching it as a social product embedded in everyday life and watered-down and eroded landscapes; visible through the flows and circulations of those who have been excluded, discarded and stripped of society.

Disappearance can be defined as the circulation of subjected, abused and dislocated identities and bodies.

For this, I approach from a methodological perspective based on artistic and qualitative research, exploring diverse relations that as ecologies of search and care, give shape to resistance mechanisms, search technologies and register practices of relatives of disappeared ones and local people who live zones where disappearance has flowed. Also, I explore in the intersection between these narratives, landscape, its materialities and diverse cultural artifacts addressing this topic (cinema, art, and literature).

 

“WHAT I PROPOSE IN THIS PROJECT, IS TO BROADEN THE COMPREHENSION OF THIS PHENOMENON, APPROACHING IT AS A SOCIAL PRODUCT EMBEDDED IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND WATERED-DOWN AND ERODED LANDSCAPES”

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REFERENCES

BIO

MARÍA ORDOÑEZ-CRUZ B.F.A.

As a visual artist, I have developed my work through a multi-material exploration (audiovisual & new media approaches). I did a Master in Design in the searching of broadening perspectives, methodologies, and possibilities, bringing together artistic research and critical-participatory design. During the last years, I have been working on the query about the ways of dealing with everyday life, material practices and narratives after –and through– violence, in the frame of the forced disappearance in Colombia.

Doctoral candidate of the Doktoratsprogramm Romanistik: «Methoden und Perspektiven» (UZH)

Doctoral candidate of the Collegium Helveticum Doktoratsprogramm «Epistemologien ästhetischer Praktiken»  (UZH/ZHdK)

2017 I Member of the Visual Culture Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

MIDBO Exhibition, 2017

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Exhibitions& GRANTS

  1. Art installation: Retratosnohablados
    Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center
    With the support of the National Center for Historical Memory
    Bogotá, Colombia. 2018

  2. Art installation: Retratosnohablados 
    MIDBO / Expanded documentary category
    International Documentary Exhibition of Bogotá
    Javeriana University. Bogotá, Colombia. 2017

  3. Art Installation: Retratosnohablados

    Public exhibition in the National Museum in Bogotá, in the framework of the main ceremony for winner
    projects awarded by the Centre of Historical Memory
    Bogotá, Colombia. 2017

  4. Artistic Research Project: Retratosnohablados

    National Grants Program of the Ministry of Culture
    Research grants for creation of museography projects about historical memory of the armed conflict:
    „Memories of War, Resistance, and Dignity”, Colombia. 2016

  5. Art installation: Retratosnohablados
    La Muestra Maestra

    Public Exhibition of Master Graduate Projects
    University of Los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia. 2015

  6. Art installation: Sin Reparo

    Art & Ceramics Exhibition. Bogotá, Colombia. 2015

  7. Project: Las Dos Fechas
    Film & written essay
    Bogotá, Colombia. 2014