«Medellín embraces its history», a bet to rebuild the memory

With the expansion of the Casa de la Memoria Museum and the demolition of the Monaco building to give rise to the Memorial of Medellín, the capital of Antioquia seeks to bring its inhabitants to an exercise of reflection that vindicates the history of the city.

From the exhibition Medellín / es, in which a retrospective was made of the last three decades of the 20th century in the city last year, the Antioquia society has been building the discourse of memory and reconciliation with the era of violence because of the drug trafficking The expedition of time and the incidences of violence in the economic, social and cultural areas allows us to identify some scars that are still valid in society but that can begin to be cured through these exercises of memory and recognition of Antioquia’s idiosyncrasies.

Through a public-private partnership, the Mayor’s Office of Medellín wants to reflect its interest in working together with the citizens and thus make efforts to tell the story a task for everyone. Thus, the possible exclusion that arises at the time of wanting to establish a hegemonic discourse of memory is reduced and the possibility of including voices and perspectives that give a more complete picture of the metamorphosis that Medellín has assumed in recent years is facilitated.

The disappearance of the Monaco building, where Pablo Escobar once lived, will give rise to the public monument called inflection. The architects Carolina Henao, Tomás del Gallego, Germán Tamayo and Luis Felipe Zapata from the National University of Medellin will participate in the memorial. Also, the expansion of the Casa de la Memoria Museum will include paintings, stories and works of art that reflect the resilience of the Antioquia community and its ability to overcome the phenomenon of drug trafficking that has plagued this region for several years.

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