Director of the Museo Gabriela Mistral de la Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos de Chile. and former Director of the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos de Santiago de Chile, Ricardo Antonia Brodsky Baudet will be delivering a special lecture at the FIHRM 2017 Conference.
The title of his lecture is:
OUR MUSEUMS: BUILDING COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS
Over recent years several public memory initiatives have risen in Latin America, spurred by democratic
governments or by organizations set up by the families of victims of the violence or dictatorship period that ravaged the region in the three final decades of the 20th century. These “memory shrines” are sites that allow for fostering two processes: symbolic reparation for the victims and memory construction for the affected communities. In this sense, these memory shrines tend to become the voice of certain “memory communities” who, in turn, cling to a traumatic past.
At the same time, these are places for expressing or synthesising debates, dilemmas and entropies related to recent past comprehension, judgement on the experience of horror and the future projection of conflicts that, quite often, are still open in a historic continuum.
By the very complexities of the violence sprouting processes in the region -with their quite unique national characteristics- museums and memorials (in particular those that are defined as public endeavours) need to search for a balance between reparation to the victims and conflict comprehension; between restoring and educating, remembering and understanding. The focus of the museums and memorials discourse shifts -with a more or less Manichean vision towards complex stories- from the revindication of the victims’ political ideals towards their trampled human dignity. In this sense, our museums or memory sites should, besides being shrines of moral reparation, also become places for debate and reinterpretation of a broader history that aims at stressing the value of democracy as a political system and the past, present and future respect for Human Rights.
About Ricardo Antonia Brodsky Baudet
Bachelor in Literature from Universidad de Chile. Director of Museo Gabriela Mistral de la Dirección de
Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos de Chile. Director of the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos de Santiago de Chile (2011-2016). Chilean ambassador in Belgium and Luxembourg (2000-2004). Secretary General of the Party for Democracy (1998-2000). Head of the Social Organization Division of the Government’s Ministry General Secretariat (1993-1997) and Head of the Cabinet of the Lower Chamber’s President (1990-1993).