On October 21st 2017, ICIP, the International Catalan Institute for Peace, organized the performance of Cuerpos Gramaticales (Grammatical Bodies), an act of collective catharsis in the Estació del Nord park in Barcelona, in collaboration with the group Agroarte. Together with Barcelona based Colombian photographer Antonio Amador, we documented this 5 weeks process and experienced profound, intimate and healing journey along with the participating women.
Cuerpos Gramaticales was born in Medellín Commune 13 (Colombia) from Agroarte collective with the aim of generating practices of memories that contribute to the reconstruction of the social fabric following the phenomenon of enforced disappearance in the Commune, especially as a result of the Orion operation, that left more than 300 people disappeared. Agroarte is a process of peaceful resistance to oblivion and denunciation that uses sowing and art as tools to heal bodies and territories in defense of life, generating methodologies that build a community empowerment from dialogue as a way to build peace.
ICIP, with the support of the Barcelona City Hall, transferred this action to the city of Barcelona within the framework of the project 'Strategies of Memory, Truth and Reconciliation of Colombian Women Abroad', which focuses on peacebuilding and memory through artistic expressions. The performative action of Cuerpos Gramaticales in Barcelona supposes the conjunction between the struggles within the Colombian territory and the initiatives and demands of the women of the Colombian Diaspora. By joining other women’s bodies and voices, they build and generate collective processes of empowerment and healing.