medicine, don't ever forget
that you're the remedy of history
the Alka Seltzer of the past, the aspirin of yesterday"
Mnemosina. Jesusa Rodríguez/ Liliana Felipe
In this issue of the Hemispheric Institute Newsletter, we explore the
ways that Human Rights organizations, governments and people across
the Americas are dealing with memory, employing different commemoration
strategies as they fight for consensual social justice. Gisela Cánepa
Koch and Miguel Rubio's articles give an account of the events that
constituted and surrounded the final report delivered by the Peruvian
Commission on Truth and Reconciliation. Mirta Antonelli and María
José Melendo join the discussion from the Argentinean perspective.
Performance, theater, visual arts, and political protest are used as
tactics of resistance against forgetting and resignation, and they confront
the strategies of those in power in their practice of partial justice.
Recent events such as the disappearance and murder of hundreds of women
in Ciudad Juárez and the September 11th attacks in New York (as
well as the escalation of U.S. military force that ensued), are not
exempt from the threat of memory-erasure. In this regard, Antonio Prieto
and Dawn Peterson share their experiences as members of communities
that have turned to performance with the urgency of direct action.