VOL. 8, NO. 3
Introduction: Arts After Atrocity by Jo-Marie Burt
In spring 2012, the Center for Global Studies convened an international symposium to explore the dynamic role that the arts can play in promoting human rights and social change. This final issue of Global Studies Review is comprised of contributions submitted by the artists, filmmakers, activists, and scholars who participated in the conference.
The Museum is in the Streets: The Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory by Mauricio Delgado
In this article, Mauricio Delgado discusses the efforts of The Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory, an experiential traveling museum, to use art as a tool in reconstructing the collective memory of Peru’s internal armed conflict.
Memories from the Margins: Art and Political Violence in Peru by Karen Bernedo
Bernedo argues that art can be more effective in meeting the memory demands of Peruvian stakeholders because, unlike the narratives produced by the Peruvian state or the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it does not attempt to construct a hegemonic national-level discourse about Peru’s recent history of violence.
Parallax Views on Human Rights: Portillo’s Experiment Al Más Allá by Ricardo F. Vivancos Pérez
Vivancos Peréz discusses the use of different perspectives in Lourdes Portillo’s depiction of how the business of narco-trafficking affects a small community on Mexico’s border with Belize; a process that Al Más Allá truncates, activating our desire to know more.
Contested pasts are omnipresent in the former Yugoslavia, with the media and government often offering simplified and one-sided versions of events. In this context, Vukušić argues, the ICTY archives can play an important role in challenging prevalent narratives by providing public access to information, facts, and evidence.
“Radical Forgiveness“ by Sonya Renee
Sonya Renee’s moving poem “Radical Forgiveness” is an expression of her insight that hatred is a manifestation of privilege—born of the idea that our humanity and health is not interconnected—which in turn makes it possible, easy even, to write off another person entirely.
In his keynote speech at the CGS Spring 2012 Conference, Andy Shallal discussed the potential for artists to precipitate a Kuhnian paradigm shift by using art to undermine prevailing ideas and structures.