Wednesday, 19 January 2022
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    Marina Echeverria - whose doll is part of this collective banner -    and Professor Terri Scott, Ulster University, engaging with the textile. (Photo: Breege Doherty)

    Marina Echeverria - whose doll is part of this collective banner - and Professor Terri Scott, Ulster University, engaging with the textile. (Photo: Breege Doherty)


    Exhibition launch and online seminar:Con-textualising Memory / Con-textualizando la memoria
    Description: In 2020, using the framework of memorisalition process with exiled communities, the Colombian Truth Commission (CTC) in the UK/Ireland and Conflict Textiles hosted workshops using the language of textiles. In 2021, building on this process, and extending the partnership to include Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University a series of three workshops Con-textualizando la memoria / Contextualising memory
    were facilitated as part of the Commission support spaces in the UK and Ireland. This collective work brought together victims and survivors who expressed via textile language their memories, actions of resilience, struggle in exile and contribution to the truth and memory, culminating in a collective textile Con-textualizando la memoria / Contextualising memory outcome banner.

    This banner was unveiled at Conflict Textiles collection: Magee Campus Library, Ulster University
    on International Human Rights Day, 10th December coinciding with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2021 (3rd - 10th December). Collaborating organisations included CTC, TJI and Conflict Textiles (stated above) with the support of the John Hume & Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University. The event was committed to promoting a dialogue on truth and memory (Recognition) as victims’ rights through textile language.
    The unveiling commenced at 12noon and the banner will be on display from 10th December 2021 -27th January 2022.

    This was followed by an online seminar and onsite workshop which ran concurrently from 2 - 3.30pm Northern Ireland; 9 - 10.30am Colombia.
    a) Seminar: “Sharing experiences of memory (Recognition) and truth in post-conflict times: Colombia and Northern Ireland”. Simultaneous translation English-Spanish. Seminar recording
    This seminar was a dialogue with the Colombian Truth Commissioner, Dr. Carlos Martín Beristain and academics on truth and memory as victims’ rights within the context of the Northern Ireland and Colombia peace processes
    -Dr Carlos M. Beristain. Commissioner.
    -Dr Lauren Dempster, Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast (QUB).
    -Roberta Bacic, Conflict Textiles.curator
    -Professor Brandon Hamber, Hume O’Neill Chair, INCORE.
    -Peter Drury, Representative of the Colombian Truth Commission – UK/Ireland.
    -Chair: Professor Siobhan Wills, Director of the Transitional Justice Institute.

    b) "Hands on" workshop facilitated by Conflict Textiles Fabric Artist, Deborah Stockdale & Breege Doherty Assistant Curator. The workshop incorporated a display of textiles (see 'Textiles Displayed' section below).
    Commissioned by: Colombian Truth Commission support groups, UK/Ireland, Transitional Justice Inst. UU
    Date(s): 10th December 2021 - 10th December 2021
    Venue: Ulster University, Magee Campus Library
    Northland Road Derry-Londonderry. County Londonderry BT48 7JL
    Curator: Roberta Bacic and Conflict Textiles team
    Facilitator: Lina Malagón, Transitional Justice Institute, School of Law, Ulster University

    Documents: • Ulster University press release, 10 Dec 2021 - view
    • Colombian Truth Commission press release - view
    • Photo gallery: 'hands on' workshop, Dec 2021 - view