Stages or Documentary Outline
In diagnosing the problem, we take a look back at the causes, conditions and historic background of the conflict in Colombia, including actors involved (guerrilla, paramilitaries, bacrim (emerging criminal bands) military forces, and illegal groups).
Writings, historical documents and graphic materials illustrate the look back at the conflict. Also part of the inventory are interviews and profiles of experts, actors of the conflict and victims.
A direct consequence of the violent impact of the actors on the population is forced displacement of families from their place of origin (city or countryside). This displacement is territorial in terms of geography of the landscape as well as human geology. The spatial changes, or changes of location are immediate, just as is the psychological effect on social order and individuals' emotions.
This stage is complemented by and illustrated with previous projects (e.g. Invisibles and Pueblo Fantasma or Ghost Town) as well as external photographic material.
3. Settlement attempt
After the populations are displaced comes time for the settlement attempt. The populations try to settle in a new location, either in the countryside, or in a city. This 'new life' places unprecedented conditions on the families, who are obliged to adapt to new behaviours, relations, environment, economic aspects, entertainment, and culture, among others.
Many families do not succeed in adapting to these new conditions and choose to return to their place of origin. This often takes place when there is help from a third party, such as organisations, private companies, natural persons or ideally with help from the state.
Hundreds of families in Colombia have begun to return to their lands and villages either because they were unable to adapt to their new place of settlement or because of the need to see family members or place of origin.
The project focuses specifically on this stage of return. It is the stage at which these artistic and symbolic interventions take place. The symbolic act of repair and support occurs here, as does the active participation of the communities and the external guests. They participate in recreational activities, workshops, discussion groups and recording of the event.
Being entirely relevant to the project, it is indispensable that we then conduct a follow up of the reintegration of the community with its traditions, celebrations, social encounters and legal framework after the return. In order to be consistent, the project needs to include this stage of accompanying the process of adaptation and construction of new foundations.
Photographic and videographic records are testimony to this new stage which the populations go through.
6. Reconstruction of life
As part of the project 'COLOMBIA, tierra de luz', guidelines are put forward and reconciliation scenarios are visualised. This follows the reconstruction of a new beginning in a post-conflict era.
Concrete action by the state, economic groups and civil society are awaited.
* Photographs from the series 'aLIFE-time - Soldier Inside' ('todaVIDA - Soldado Adentro'). 2009.