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Suzanne Lacy and Pilar Riaño-Alcalá discuss 'The Skin of Memory'

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Join Suzanne Lacy and Pilar Riaño-Alcalá discussing The Skin of Memory.

In the period between 1998-2001, Medellin, Colombia went through another period of conflict in a decades-long history of violence. In 1999, a group of NGO’s came together with residents of Barrio Antioquia to develop youth leadership through artistic workshops that engaged memory work as a strategy for finding alternatives to violence. Several of these youth worked with Lacy and Riaño to create a public art installation, The Skin of Memory. The strategy of a “museum” as a space for neutral and non-partisan display of memories was employed, a bus that could move from one place to another within the barrio, transgressing local territorialities of conflict. This museum of memories, for a brief time, broke the stasis of localized, privatized grief, becoming a place of community commemoration and local pride. Lacy and Riaño-Alcalá discuss their collaboration to support efforts to build a broad and equitable participatory democracy in Medellin.

Suzanne Lacy is a professor at Roski School of Art and Design, whose work includes performance, installation, video and writing on social practice as visual art.

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a Colombian-Canadian anthropologist. Her research focuses on the cultural dimensions of violence and the politics of memory.
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