La Naturaleza del Conflicto

Student/s: María Mazzanti - Claudia Rizo Patrón
Mentored by: Pol Pérez and Josep Román
Promotion: 2018
Study: Masters in Graphic Design

La Naturaleza del Conflicto is an editorial project structured around a specific consequence of the "post-conflict" in Colombia: the botanical expeditions carried out in former war zones. Since the signing of the Final Agreement to the End of the Conflict, 93 new species have been described that were not classified in botany books because they were located or endogenous to areas where violence prevented scientific work. For many in Colombia, these discoveries are a symbol of peace. The botanical images of the species found mark the structure of the book, narrating episodes of the conflict and Colombian history through literary excerpts, official texts and press cuttings.

By confronting different types of knowledge and certain imaginaries, it is intended to open a discussion about how nationalism, collective memory, national fictions and colonialist practices such as taxonomy and expeditions, which at first glance have a progressive character, have actually been the sustenance of the social differences and tensions that define contemporary Latin American societies.

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