Before the farewell to arms; A transition zone in Colombia Photographs and research: Luisa Machacón
Curatorship: Carmen Giménez Solar
From 4 September to 30 October at CEDLA
Colombia achieved a significant milestone in the history of the country. On November of 2016, the insurgent group FARC – EP and the Colombian government signed the integral, final and definitive peace agreement.
At the beginning of 2017, after 52 years of war, more than 6900 soldiers from the ex-guerrilla group started their transition to a civil life. As agreed during the negotiation process, the Colombian government opened 20 Local Transition Zones for Normalization (Zonas Veredales Transitorias de Normalizacion – ZVTN) and 6 Local Transition Points for Normalisation (Puntos Transitorios de Normalizacion – PTN). These areas are currently home to thousands of soldiers for a maximum period of 3 years. Meanwhile, processes of reincorporation and reconciliation take place in these areas.
Through the images of this exhibition, we get a glimpse of the daily life in one of such areas, the Caribbean Block, while the soldiers wait for their disarmament and the beginning of their new political party.
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