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Violence and Justice / Violencia y Justicia

Violence and Justice/Violencia y Justicia 


The memories and traces of thirty-six years of internal armed conflict, fueled by U.S.-backed military regime(s) and a state of perpetual colonialism cannot be easily ignored. How can we understand Guatemala hereafter? The artistic projects under this theme respond to this fundamental question, conducting re-readings of history through different formerly suppressed memories in order to achieve vindication, reconciliation, recognition, and justice. Many of these pieces are influenced by a generation of established Guatemalan artists such as Aníbal López, Jorge De León, Regina José Galindo, Benvenuto Chavajay, Sandra Monterroso, Reyes Josué Morales, and Daniel Hernández-Salazar; who have examined notions of memory, violence and indigeneity in their own explorations. The work of these artists connects this theme, establishing a rich dialogue with the pieces developed specifically for this exhibition.


Las memorias y rastros de treinta y seis años de conflicto armado incitado por regímenes militares apoyados por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos y en un estado de perpetuo colonialismo no pueden ser ignorados. ¿Cómo podemos entender Guatemala a partir de esto? Los proyectos agrupados en Violencia y Justicia responden a esta pregunta fundamental, y a partir de la revisión histórica de distintas memorias anteriormente suprimidas buscan reivindicación, reconciliación, reconocimiento y justicia. Muchas de estas piezas han sido influenciadas por el trabajo de artistas guatemaltecos ya establecidos, tales como Aníbal López, Jorge De León, Regina José Galindo, Benvenuto Chavajay, Sandra Monterroso, Reyes Josué Morales y Daniel Hernández-Salazar; quienes han examinado las nociones de memoria, violencia, e indigenidad en sus propias exploraciones. Su trabajo también se recoge bajo este tema, haciendo posible establecer un diálogo entre estas obras de referencia y las piezas desarrolladas específicamente para esta exposición.

Quema / Burned

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This piece evokes the censorship experienced during wartime, when many people decided to burn their own books in fear of being persecuted by the State…

Biblioteca de la Memoria / Memory Library

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The small library contains resources about historic memory and the armed conflict in Guatemala. The library acquires symbolic dimensions each time…

Nunca lasimaré a una mujer, a una debo mi via / I will never harm a woman, I owe my life to one

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As modern societies have evolved, there has been real progress in the area of women’s rights. But we still need to do more, and continue protecting…

Volviendo a la punta de partida / Going back to the starting point

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The textile is the result of a process that discolors and wears out the yarns so that the textile loses its color-intensity bit by bit. The destaining…

¿Quién puede borrar las huellas? / Who Can Erase the Traces?

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Walking from the Constitutional Court to the National Palace in Guatemala City, leaving footprints in a trajectory of human blood, in memory of the…

El Viajero / The Traveler

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Installation of the Angel of Memory on public buses denouncing “Yes, there was Genocide”. This action took place during the trial for conviction…

Loop

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Jorge de León (Guatemala, 1976)