Scientific article

Walls of resistance: underground memories and political violence in Colombia

First online date2022-08-15

In this article, I examine “underground memories” to demonstrate how they serve as resources for resistance in the urban margins of Colombia. I focus on their relations with the urban fabric, looking at the ways the walls of Bogota and Medellin are used as canvases for spreading images and narratives about the conflict. I suggest that murals representing the violence serve as a repository for memories; they challenge hegemonic narratives and contribute to the recovery of public space. Through the portrayals of killed teenagers, suspect military officers and even drug cartel bosses, murals in both cities broaden the narrative on the recent past, including events that the Colombian state is still reluctant to unearth.

  • Political Violence
  • Murals and Street art
  • Collective Memory
  • Resistance
  • Tourism
Research group
  • Fond National Suisse de la Recherche - La construction d’un modèle de 'ville résiliente' dans le programme '100 Resilient Cities' : Regards croisés sur La Nouvelle-Orléans et Medellin [179904]
Citation (ISO format)
NAEF, Patrick James. Walls of resistance: underground memories and political violence in Colombia. In: History and anthropology, 2022.
Main files (1)
Article (Accepted version)
  • PID : unige:163099
ISSN of the journal0275-7206

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