With Arte & Paz, Unicauca reaches Territorial Training and Reincorporation Spaces
A delegation from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Cauca, which included teachers, students and alumni, under the coordination of Professor Alex Rodríguez, reached the Territorial Training and Reincorporation 'Dagoberto Ortiz', located in the village of Monterredondo (Miranda), where about 250 members of the FARC are concentrated, within the framework of the Peace Agreement signed between this organization and the Government.
The objective of this meeting was to advance a Humanitarian Brigade in Arts in the framework of the Art & Peace Project, which consists of relating to the population in the process of reincorporation, and that the University makes presence in pedagogical and community terms in these areas where art as a reconstructor of meaning, allows us to understand the traces left by war.
"Here the art responds to the social moment, at this moment of the agreement implementation, this is the great motivation that we have to peace zones; ask ourselves as a university, how artists are the relevance and what is the work we can do. So far we have learned a lot, and that is one of the important things about this project, which is not a vertical pedagogical process, but a collective work, which is not done without this community," said Professor Rodríguez, a graduate of Alma Mater, and who teaches a painting course in Plastic Arts program.
This Humanitarian Brigade in the Arts is part of an agenda of interventions by the members of the project in question, initially advanced in the territories that until recently were called Zonal Transitional Zonal Zones - ZVTN, 'Los Monos', in the municipality of Caldono; and 'La Elvira', in the jurisdiction of Buenos Aires.
According to Professor Rodríguez, after the diagnosis period, the idea is to continue with a process of continuous education that generates that the University, its teachers and students, "take a movement position, to move to areas where art has not arrived, where not much knowledge has arrived, with the hope that at the end of the year there will be some results in relation to training of trainers. "
The activity, which took place over three and a half days, consisted of an initial approach with members of the FARC, in order to present some of the initiatives implemented in the project; later they were invited from the reflection Who am I ?, What strange ?, How do I see myself in the future ?, to translate their experiences into a text that inspired them to create works of art with colored pencils, charcoal, vinyls, as well as to make a collective mural around the peace, and to learn serigraphy.
"We are starting from scratch. For us all this support, these events, solidarity from wherever you come, from you, the University is a voice of encouragement and helps us to continue hard to achieve a new country and conquer peace," said Alirio Morales, leader of the Territorial Space for Training and Reincorporation, and member of the Political Commission of the FARC in the area.
On the other hand, Lizeth Rentería, a former fighter, who in a large format narrated his experiences in his place of origin, Rio Chiquito (Paez), and paid tribute to the natural diversity of the regions that he toured in recent years. ranks of the FARC, pointed out that it was an "unforgettable and beautiful" experience to be part of the Art & Peace day.
"We spent a long time in a conflict where you could not do these things that we have done, because on the part of the University very important, because it is said that he who knows must share what he knows so that others learn, and that is what that you do, we collect your experiences and you have our own ... Never in my life had I been taught to draw and paint, through these drawings one expresses things that I even thought I did not know, "he said.
Steven Ruiz Ledezma, a student of the 10th semester of the Plastic Arts Program, emphasized that in his role in Arte & Paz he worked with the ex combatants "muralism, binding and some video". He emphasized that the activity contributes extensively in his professional training qualifying it as "a foot of support to be able to exert works in the communities and at the same time to develop the techniques learned in the Academy".
Finally, Ledezma indicated that in terms of the agenda of this initiative they plan to continue working in the short term with member