BRICK BY BRICK
This work seeks to highlight the material and symbolic potential of rubble found destroyed or abandoned in areas of geopolitical conflicts. This material that is considered as the ashes of destruction could be used in the construction of memorials in the populations affected by the armed political conflicts in Colombia.
In order to involve and collaborate with these populations, audio records were collected of their life stories. There were stories of the construction of houses, schools, squares and markets built brick by brick with care and dedication as well as stories of love, humor, hope and innocence, however, not forgetting stories of destruction, spaces that were stripped, destroyed, incinerated or forced to abandon.
The sound records were reproduced inside two brick towers that were made of rubble and remaining materials (wood, ceramics, glass, plaster) recovered from recycling centers in Geneva, Switzerland. The recovered materials were subsequently sifted, pulverized, incinerated and mixed for the manufacture of the bricks that structured the tower.
Although the materials used don’t come directly from places affected by the armed conflict in Colombia, and the intervention of the victims of the conflict is limited only to the sound record, this project promises to be a representative example of a participatory memorial that seeks its subsequent realization inside of some of the populations in Colombia.