Using a documentary, a spatial installation and a coffee stand to open a debate, Reconstruction proposes a participative memorial about the ongoing geopolitical conflict in Colombia.
Between 1999 and 2005 thousands of people were killed and millions forcefully displaced in the rural communities of Colombia by the brutal conflict between national armed forces, paramilitary groups and guerrilla groups. Almost 15 years after, many of the dis- placed victims are returning to reconstruct their destroyed and abandoned homes.
From footage filmed in rural communities and using the coffee of the ONG Tejipaz in Antioquia, Colombia, the project expose the social and material reconstruction process taking place as a participative memorial that engage different publics in a discussion about the reconstruction of the historical memory and the possible forms of a memorial during an ongoing geopolitical conflict.
The communicative and memory potential of the destroyed and abandoned spaces: houses, schools, parks, churches, roads... during this conflict is undeniable. The remains integrate a desolate landscape, however, If their walls could speak, they would reveal how, when, and by whom they were built; they could speak about what happened inside and outside, before and now; if the walls could speak they would speak about the people that had lived there, their traditions, and their daily life in rural Colombia.
The muted scream of this spaces found the voice of revenants and displaced persons that are coming back. It is an opportunity that could potentially serve to elevate the individual and collective memory of these rural regions, to discuss with the affected communities, how the material and mental reconstruction process are taking place when a brutal conflict is ongoing, to provide a window into these experiences for the rest of the world.
In revealing other truth of what happened, perhaps we can begin to reconstruct the historical memory of the nation..