cover foto from page 45 Art from a Fractured Past: Memory and Truth Telling in Post–Shining Path Peru Book © 2014 Duke University Press
Art from a Fractured Past: Memory and Truth Telling in Post–Shining Path Peru
cynthia e. milton | editor afterword | steve j. stern
© 2014 Duke University Press
This project started ten years ago, almost to the day, when I wandered through Ayacucho’s central plaza on the late afternoon prior to the Peruvian Truth Commission’s arrival the next day to submit their Final Report. Colorful carpets (alfombras) made by schoolchildren and local groups from flower petals, chalk, and other materials surrounded the plaza, posterboards displayed images of the conflict and visitors’ comments about them, in the corner stood an enormous stage in a style of a wooden triptych retablo. Nearby, an exhibition displayed some of the entries for an art contest on memories of the internal conflict. On this day, and those that followed, I was struck by how visually rich the conflict was and its aftermath as Peruvians engaged with their recent fractured past. As an historian, I wondered what stories and memories emerged from these representations. A few of us were pondering similar questions at the time, Olga González, Jonathan Ritter, María Eugenia (Makena) Ulfe, and Víctor Vich, among others. Soon it became clear that the range and array needed a cooperative and collective approach to begin to understand the myriad of cultural responses to the conflict. This edited volume is the result. However, the work is far from complete. A whole new generation of Peruvians and Peruvianists are continuing to ask about the cultural impact and means of broaching Peru’s conflict.
PERU: THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION – A FIRST STEP TOWARDS A COUNTRY WITHOUT INJUSTICE – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
In this report, one year on from the publication of the Final Report of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Amnesty International includes a series of its own recommendations to the Peruvian authorities as well as supporting the extensive recommendations made by the Commission. Amnesty International believes that the State must take action to satisfy the victims’ right to truth, justice and reparation and implement reforms that will ensure that such events cannot recur. It must also put an end to and reverse the effects of the discrimination and exclusion that are still preventing large parts of Peruvian society from exercising their rights as citizens.