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German artist Horst Hoheisel visits Colombia with his work “Counter-Monuments”

Die Tore der Deutschen / the gateways of the Germans, light installation on the Brandenburger Tor,
Januar, 27, 1987 Foto: Horst Hoheisel


The German artist Horst Hoheisel will hold his presentation “Counter-Monuments/Experiments in Europe and Latin America” on March 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the recently inaugurated exhibition hall Fragmentos (Fragments) in Bogotá, Colombia. Entry is free.

During his presentation, Hoheisel will share his impressions and learnings from more than twenty years of work as an artist and explore the concept known as “Negative or Counter-Monument” culture.

Together with artists and art students Horst Hoheisel will also conduct a workshop in Bogota. He organized similar workshops, one about the Holocaust, others about the military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile. The participants are required to bring along personal objects related to the conflict, in order to foster a different kind of memory. Hoheisel stated that he is curious which objects and stories about conflict and peace in Colombia will be collected during his workshop in Bogota.

You can read: Conversatorio sobre objetos de la guerra y la paz. Horst Hoheisel

Horst Hoheisel has been invited by the CAPAZ Institute, in cooperation with Cultural Heritage Directorate (Dirección de Patrimonio Cultural) of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Fragmentos, a space of art and memory operated by the Colombian National Museum (Museo Nacional de Colombia).


Horst Hoheisel’s art refers to the impacts of absence. In this context, his proposals such as “Blowing Up the Brandenburg Gate” (proposed during the competition for the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, 1994-1995) have been controversial.

In Fragmentos, Hoheisel presentation will take on another meaning and relevance: The exhibition hall is a space created by the renown Colombian artist Doris Salcedo who used the smelted weapons surrendered by the ex-guerrilla FARC-EP to create this space together with women victims in Colombia. She describes Fragmentos as a counter-monument as well.

Photo: Horst Hoheisel

Horst Hoheisel

German artist Horst Hoheisel was born in Poland in 1944 and studied Forest Sciences. He holds a PhD on the tropical rainforest in Venezuela. He attended the Academies of Arts in Munich and Kassel, Germany.

Hoheisel’s work can be seen in public spaces and in museum collections in New York (Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum); Jerusalem (Yad Vashem); Berlin (Jüdisches Museum, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand), Kassel (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen), among others.

Horst Hoheisel collaborates with local artists from the countries he visits, and in his projects he tries to be an artistic catalyst of memory processes. In this way emerge “Landscapes of memory” (Erinnerungslandschaften) with personal objects which, in a fragmentary way, offer another look at official monuments and histories from the collective memory.

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CAPAZ participates in a dialogue on art and memory as part of the HAWAPI 2018

The CAPAZ Institute is pleased to invite to the discussion “Catalizadores de la memoria” (Catalysts of memory) as part of the academic programme of the exhibition HAWAPI 2018 on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

The event will take place at the Casa Museo Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (Calle 42 No. 15-52) in Bogotá, Colombia and is organized by the CAPAZ Institute, HAWAPI 2018 and the Museum Division of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Admission is free.

Based on the experience from HAWAPI 2018 in the Training and Re-incorporation Zone Amaury Rodríguez (Espacio Territorial de Capacitación y Reincorporación, ETCR) located in Pondores (La Guajira, Colombia), the discussion will focus on how art collaborations and works can be generated in the memory construction processes in the communities.

HAWAPI Residence in Colombia

Thanks to HAWAPI/Photo: Santiago Díaz

In November 2018, HAWAPI had its sixth edition, its first one in Colombia, at the Espacio Territorial de Capacitación y Reincorporación (ETCR) Amaury Rodríguez in Pondores (La Guajira, Colombia).

Pondores is a small town of approximately 250 inhabitants, most of them former FARC-EP combatants. Eleven artists stayed in Pondores and carried out art works and cultural activities around on the peace process in Colombia and the current situation in the ETCR.

On February 16, 2019, HAWAPI opened the collective exhibition “HAWAPI 2018 – Pondores” at Espacio El Dorado in Bogotá, Colombia. This exhibition brings together original works by national and international artists generated from their experiences and the work done during the residency at ETCR.

Press release (in Spanish)

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Researchers from Universidad de Antioquia visited Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt

Photo: Instragram “Hacemos memoria”.

A group of twelve researchers from the Universidad de Antioquia based in Medellín, Colombia visited the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) on March 11, 2019.

The purpose of this visit was to learn about the research and the expertise developed in Germany related to historical memory and to open a space for academic exchange between Colombian and German colleagues. The meeting was co-organized by DW Akademie, as part of the “Hacemos Memoria” (We remember) project.

Dr. Jonas Wolff and Dr. Sabine Mannitz (PRIF); Susanne Buckley-Zistel (Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Pilar Mendoza (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main) held the presentations.

The Colombian researchers work on an interdisciplinary project on the role of historical memory, communication, mass media and journalism in the process of understanding and overcoming the Colombian armed conflict.

The Leibniz Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in Frankfurt (PRIF) is a founding member of the CAPAZ Institute and the Universidad de Antioquia is one of the ten associate members of CAPAZ.

Further information (in German)


Workshop-seminar “Popular consultation and environmental democracy”

On March 15, 2019, Universidad de los Andes will host the workshop-seminar “Popular consultation and environmental democracy”. Entry is free but prior registration is required.

The event consists of a public seminar (8:00 a.m.-12.15 p.m.) and a workshop with representatives of social movements in the territories (1:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.).

Public participation for environmental peace

What has happened to the social aspiration of enjoying direct and consolidated participation through popular consultation concerning extractive activities in the territories?

The event can be considered an invitation to an open dialogue between social organisations, academia, some of the countries legal aid clinics and social movements that have led popular consultation processes in the territories.

In light of the decisions of the Constitutional Court, the institutional obstacles of the State, along with private interests, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss and set out solutions regarding popular consultation as a mechanism of public participation and the current and future scenario of environmental democracy and territorial peace in Colombia.

The activity is part of the CAPAZ-supported exploratory study titled “Popular consultation and democracy vis-à-vis environmental peace”, coordinated by researcher María Cecilia Roa (Universidad de los Andes), in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Universidad de la Amazonía, UNIPAZ, Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida, and Corporación SOS. The study is co-financed by Universidad de los Andes and FU.


8:00 a.m. Welcome reception. Renzo García Parra (Movimiento Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida), Kristina Dietz (Freie Universität Berlin), Cecilia Roa García (Universidad de los Andes).

8:15 a.m. Opening session. Manuel Rodríguez Becerra (Universidad de los Andes), Florian Huber (Fundación Heinrich Böll Colombia).

8:30 a.m. Conference. Cesar Rodríguez Garavito (Dejusticia, to be confirmed). Moderator: Cecilia Roa García.

9:30 a.m. Break.

9:45 a.m. Panel 1. Diana Rodríguez (Dejusticia), Juan Felipe García (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), Rodrigo Negrete (Consultor). Moderator: Renzo García Parra.

11:00 a.m. Panel 2. Diana Murcia (Universidad El Bosque), Camilo Quintero (Universidad de los Andes), Vanessa Suelt (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). Moderator: Kristina Dietz.

12:15 p.m. Lunch.

1:30 p.m. Workshop with representatives of social movements in the territories.

3:30 p.m. Plenary session for the presentation of results.

4:00 p.m. Conclusions, review, agreement and signing of the declaration of the event.

5:00 p.m. Closing reception.


Event on memory of exploratory study supported by CAPAZ

From March 13-15, 2019 will take place the event “Memory, academia and civil society: building bridges” at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. The event is organized by CAPAZ Institute, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and MemoriAL (Interdisciplinary Latin American Memory Research Network).

The event will open with a concert on March 12, 2019. Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the programme will include lectures, conversations, panels and workshops with researchers on following thematic axes:

Day 1: Cultural Products of Memory

Day 2: Asymmetries, activism and resistances in the production of knowledge about memory

Day 3: Practices in memory pedagogies

The admission is free, a register is required for each day: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3

The event is an activity of the exploratory study “Memory, academia and society”, one of the studies supported by CAPAZ in 2018. Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín also participate in the research project.

Download the programme (in Spanish).


Lecture of CAPAZ Academic Director in Ibagué on social inequalities and peace

The CAPAZ Institute and the Universidad de Ibagué are pleased to announce the lecture of its Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters entitled “The Peace Process in Colombia and the Challenges of Social Inequalities”, which will take place on March 14, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Universidad de Ibagué.

The lecture is open to the public with free admission.

This is the first lecture that Dr. Peters holds at the Universidad de Ibagué this year. The lecture will discuss the relationship between social inequalities and the peace process in Colombia. Overcoming social inequalities is a big challenge in order to establish a lasting and sustainable peace in the country.

The Universidad de Ibagué is one of the ten associate members of the CAPAZ Institute (You may be interested: “Instituto Capaz officializes Unibagué as its new associate”/ in Spanish).


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QUINCHÍA, RISARALDA: Community links as a form of resistance

The workshop on body and memory: “Cuerpo y Memoria” organised with the support of the German Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany, and Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, was directed by the Colombian actress Reina Sánchez, on February 16 and 17, 2019.

The activity took place in Quinchía, in the Risaralda department, in Colombia’s coffee zone. Professor Alberto Berón (Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira) coordinates the exploratory study “The persistence of community links and the construction of memory and peace. The case of Quinchía in the Department of Risaralda”, which benefited from the CAPAZ 2018 call. The workshop in Chinchía is one of the activities of this exploratory study. We are pleased to share Professor Berón’s impressions on the workshop.


Quinchía, Risaralda: Community links as a form of resistance

Eighty-two year-old Doña Nilfa’s face, surrounded by people much younger than her, all taking part in one of the theatre exercises at the “Cuerpo y Memoria” workshop, was one of the demonstrations of lasting community ties. The figure of Doña Amparo, another of the elderly participants, allowed an exchange of life experiences, enriched by the presence of the municipality’s teachers, social leaders, children and youngsters.

The visits, meetings, and conversations with the local inhabitants, have contributed to gaining an understanding of a phenomenon that has been a concern for several years: how does a community and a territory that has experienced and suffered through the armed conflict through its different phases, persist, hidden in the mountains, in the struggle to defend its resources, among which: water, coffee, and gold?

The answer to this question is written all over the faces of the participants. Their beautiful eyes reflect their ability to deal with the loss of their children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, friends. The villages here, three hours from Pereira, the capital of Risaralda, resist by maintaining their community ties.

In 70 years, these ties have allowed successive generations in Quinchía to survive as a group, in opposition to the interests of economic actors that have wanted to extract their resources. These ties have also allowed them to deal with the political intolerance to the presence in the region of insurgent and counterinsurgent groups and state repression.

This experience of constructing a peace initiative has allowed us to approach the dynamics of a territory in which the close network of different generations, the oral tradition of the inhabitants, their taste for narrating stories, and the love of their terruño, as they call their land, keep the social memory alive.

Alberto Antonio Berón Ospina – Professor at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Photos: Isabel Castillo.




CAPAZ Academic Director invited to Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Claudia Maya

The Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters has been invited to participate on March 8, 2019 in the discussion “The Challenges of Rural Reform in Colombia”, at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Dr. José Martínez, Director of the Institute of Agrarian Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen who also represents this university at the CAPAZ Institute, will also participate in the event.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Wilson Center is a politically independent forum whose primary purpose is to establish links between renown academics, experts and public opinion on issues related to international political affairs.

The panel on rural reform in Colombia is part of a program on Latin America which is developed by this prestigious institution. The event is organized in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace.

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CAPAZ coordinates track on science, peace and social inclusion in the international congress of the GCTI network

The German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) will be the coordinator of the track “Science, Peace and Social Inclusion” in the framework of the congress “Governance of Science and Innovation: towards Inclusive Development”, to be held in Bogota from July 31 to August 2, 2019. The Administrative Director of the CAPAZ Institute, Dr. Carlos Nupia, participates in the Academic Committee of the congress and he will coordinate the above-mentioned track. The call for abstracts is open until April 22, 2019.

The Congress is an academic initiative from the Colombian Network of Governance and Management of Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation (GCTI network). The objective of the GCTI network is to facilitate a discussion about public policy and the governance of science, technology and innovation from a perspective of the inclusive development.

The relationship between scientific knowledge and peace was already discussed by the CAPAZ Institute in the workshop “Towards a Research Agenda on Scientific Knowledge, Society and Peacebuilding in Colombia”, which was organized by the Center of Research and Special Projects (CIPE, in Spanish) of the Universidad Externado de Colombia and the CAPAZ Institute in December 2018. 15 representatives from different cities/municipalities of Colombia assisted to this workshop: Universidad Industrial de Santander (Bucaramanga), Pastoral Social de Granada (Meta), Colegio Integrado del Carare-CICA (Santander), Universidad de Ibagué (Tolima), Universidad de Antioquia (Medellín), Corporación Universitaria Autónoma de Nariño (Pasto) and Fundación Centro de Investigación y Biotecnología de la Biodiversidad-BIOLABB(Quindío), among others.

Participants in workshop organised by Universidad Externado de Colombia and Instituto CAPAZ in December 2018

The following research questions will guide the discussion of the track on science, peace and social inclusion:

  • How does the interaction between “scientific knowledge” and “other types of knowledge” materialise when researching peace as the object of study?
  • From which conceptual perspectives should the study of peace-related research in Colombia be approached bearing in mind the contribution of knowledge by the different actors that intervene in the process?
  • How are (national or sectorial) STI policies apprehended in the knowledge building of actors that are not necessarily academics?


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Academia meets the community in the workshop-seminar in Ibagué

Photo: Carolina Patiño. Universidad de Ibagué.

Universidad de Ibagué, an associate member of German-Colombian Institute for Peace – CAPAZ held a workshop-seminar called “Conflict, Communication and mental-health: experiences of practical work with victims and their recovery”.

The workshop was held on January 24, 2019 and it’s participants included students, researchers, and professors from a number of Colombian universities; representatives of social organisations and of victims, and members of the community in Ibagué and a number of municipalities in Tolima.

The first day also enjoyed the participation of experts from Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad del Rosario, Corporación Universitaria UniMinuto, and Universidad de Ibagué.

At least one hundred people attended the lecture by Anne-Marie Müller from the University of Freiburg Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, in Germany. Müller has broad-ranging experience in research into topics relating to trauma and memory from a mental health perspective.

Photo: Carolina Patiño, Universidad de Ibagué.

Empathic narrative methodologies

In the afternoon, 61 people took part in six roundtables including the different audiences at the event, among them, a number of victims. The groups approached the central issue with regards how to design more empathic narrative methodologies in the audio-visual production that can allow victims to externalise their pain and, by doing so, possibly overcome the psychological effects of their experience.

Eight questions derived from this central question, and these were then grouped into four axes. At the end, the rapporteurs for each table shared the most relevant aspects of the answers given. The listening and discussion methodology was well received as it generated an invaluable dialogue that contributed significantly to the project goals.

Another important achievement of the workshop was to have linked journalists who contributed reflections, from the perspective of their roles asaudio-visual producers, some of whom were victims of the armed conflict from the more remote areas of Ibagué.

The workshop-seminar shed light on the demands of the victims of the armed conflict in the Tolima region to approach topics such as communication, mental health and conflict, as well as their need to participate in such events and their continuity in the future.

The workshop was part of the project called: “Development of 4 of 12 exploratory phases, for the creation and design of the Tolima Centre for Audio-visual Memory for Peace”, supported by CAPAZ and coordinated by the main researcher Dr. Carolina Patiño Ospina, who also coordinated the workshop.