Archives are space, object, and concept. Allowing a relationship between themselves and being a metaphor of memory.
If time is an element that is determined by representation, can we create a presence that transcends to a tangible time?
The nature of the object that contains the intangible memory is modified before the eyes of those who observe it for the first time, but not of those who knew it in its original form, in an earlier version.
That again falls on the collective, the people, and the relationship between them. Nothing
changes the time affects on objects, on tangible memory. But also the intangible.
Candle are only burning under specific conditions. When the wind is extreme, it goes out, but without any oxygen, it cannot exist either. They accommodate, they are malleable under the effect of fire. Still, they are also manageable, fragile, such as memory and information.The candles' melting process can take different forms:the bodythat contains the melted waxor thetextures that are under the candle.
Depending on the gravityorganically shape the wax. Or the direction of the wind that flies the flame towards one or the other coursemakesone or another side to melt first.As, well, melted candles have some cartographic character. When many candles are together, an atmosphere of heat is created that makesmelt all body candles each other. But when the proximity of the flames is affected without reciprocity, a relationship of power is created, one over the other.Who melts to whom?Which oneis the most significantcandle?The widest? What is the most durable candle?
Candles do not remain the same over time, but they an action to transform. For many victims lighting a candle is the only thing they can make to change their conditions. Perhaps also the impotence of not being able to do something beyond lighting a candle waiting for their justice needs to be resolved. Manipulating a candle, file, or object destroys its nature.
Those files are stacked, keeping a truth that has been hidden. Its content is unknown and intertwined. Over time, information accumulates to become invisible bodies that drown in oblivion.
I think of the many reasons that are discussed in the ignorance of the data. Some are documents directly related to the conflict. Others are only administrative documents with no visible value. All these documents will ultimately be particles in the reconstruction of a notion of post-conflict.
Some questions concerning files in the Colombian post-conflict process are How to create a human rights file that effectively helps victims access the truth, justice, and comprehensive reparation? What challenges should these types of files face in a conflict? And How to guarantee the protection of the documents that the victims have collected in their processes of resistance, denunciation, and visibility?
The questions described above come from Archivos para la Paz (Archives for the peace). An academic event led by the National Center for Memory of Colombia in 2014. In the conference, many guest participants exposed the intricate nature of archives, and at the same time, the importance of archives for the healing process of a pos-conflict.