Land, the Wiwa Map, and Coca Plants: Curating Memories of an Unfinished Armed Conflict

Sofía Natalia González-Ayala

Juliana Botero-Mejía

National Centre for Historical Memory, Colombia

Abstract

The article examines via case study how museums have been a scenario for anthropology and ethnography. Focusing on two nodal cases of the exhibition Voices for the transformation of Colombia (Voces para transformar a Colombia), a symbolic reparation measure to the victims of the armed conflict in the country, we reflect on the ways in which anthropological and ethnographic approaches have been part of our practice as curators, which include doing research, the creation of museum pieces and studding the audiences. Also, how non-traditional anthropological practices may help to expand it beyond academy into the domain of public engagement.

Keywords

Curatorship; Ethnography; Historical Memory; Armed Conflict; Colombia

Author contact: sngonzaleza [at] gmail.com; julianaboterom [at] yahoo.com

Citation: González-Ayala, S.N., and Botero-Mejía, J., 2019. “Land, the Wiwa Map, and Coca Plants: Curating Memories of an Unfinished Armed Conflict”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 290-304.