17th Jan 2012 5:30pm
M2, Grand Parade
David Rodriguez, Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, Artes y Diseño-Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
This paper is about the study of the formation of the material culture in Latin America, more particularly in Colombia by the time when most of the Spanish America achieved freedom from Spain. Throughout the last third quarters of the nineteenth century, Latin America went through a period of political disruption shaped by the seek for a way to bring democracy (French influence) and liberalism (English influence) as political and economical orientations. This paper tries to show how these orientations were reflected in other spheres of the culture, particularly in the materials aspects that surrounded the more quotidian life of people at the time.
The research project is concentrated in the influence of things, but more particularly in the impact of imported goods in the formation of the material culture in a postcolonial context. This research started by reading the geopolitical context of the time, critically, in order to find out the historical disruptions of the time. The project has gone through National Archives, in England as well as Colombia, which somehow has shown in many aspects the distances and proximities between these two geographical points. The approach to the geopolitical problem as well as the National Archives in the two nations has driven us to purpose different perspectives to look at the phenomenon from objects, images and texts. However, the main issue currently for the research project is how to translate this data in order to make in tangible, understandable and visible to people of today´s societies. The paper will figure out how we should purpose a way to translate information from the past that necessarily would make more sense of the way the material world of societies, nations and people work today.
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