Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?)

Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts is a Phase 2 Large Grant project in Colombia.

This project focuses on Quibdó, the capital of Chocó in the Colombian Pacific: a remote area disproportionately affected by armed conflict and home to mainly Afro-colombian and indigenous populations who face a complex legacy of intersectional inequalities. It emerges from a longstanding partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Universidad Claretiana and builds specifically on Partnership and Research Workshops carried out in May 2019 in Quibdó, funded by a GCRF Partnership Grant which brought together young people, researchers from Colombia and UK, artists, CSOs, local government agencies and education providers to collaboratively develop the project focus and methodology.

Our project responds to priorities identified by young people: tensions within and between neighbourhoods (barrios), violence and armed gangs, feelings of fear and distrust, through a co-produced music-and arts-based approach: with our CSO partners Fundación Casa Tres Patios and Mr Klaje Collective, we will support  young co-researchers from three Quibdó barrios to facilitate workshops with other young people to critically deconstruct collective memories.

Our project aims to

1. Enable young people to become critical co-constructors of their communities’ histories and visualize alternative futures through a co-produced music- and arts-based methodology.

2. Generate dialogue between youth groups to break down neighbourhood barriers and deconstruct post-conflict tensions.

3. Make visible the experiences of marginalized young people and support the creation of sustainable alliances with CSOs, policy and educational stakeholders and researchers for delivering social justice for young people.

4. Investigate the potential of participatory music and arts as a tool for reconciliation and capacity building by engaging comparatively with projects in the CtS portfolio and beyond.

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Watch La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad? project partners and youth co-researchers:

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Resources

Visit the ¿Cuál es la verdad? (Colombia) project website for more information on the project, the project team, and to access the complete catalogue of project resources.
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View the 'Cuál es la verdad?' audio-visual methodological toolkit.
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Watch the 'Cuál es la verdad?' final project video.
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Watch a presentation by 'Cuál es la verdad?' project team Dr Edwar Calderón and Dr Marlies Kustatscher on Engaging Digitally with Young People in Marginalised and Conflicted Settings: The Potential of Music and Arts-based Methodologies for Enabling Participation from the 'Contested Resonances' Creativity, Listening and Performance in Conflict Transformation conference July 2021.
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The latest briefing from the ¿Cuál es la verdad? Project reflects on our learning experience of supporting a group of young people to set up a multi-strand social enterprise called ‘4 Esquinas’ (the 4 Corners). Initiated, developed and realised by our young participants, 4 Esquinas aims to identify opportunities to overcome social injustice and exclusion and to improve socio-economic conditions in the local community.
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The COVID-19 pandemic will shape research and participatory activities for some time to come, and it has brought to light important questions for engaging digitally with young people from ‘marginalised’ backgrounds, and in ‘fragile’ settings. It is essential that we continue to explore the opportunities, obstacles and solutions within this sphere of communication, and that we do so in partnership with the young people we want to engage with. For more information, please read our project briefing.
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La pandemia de COVID-19 dará forma a las actividades de investigación y compromiso durante algún tiempo, y ha sacado a la luz cuestiones importantes para la participación digital de los jóvenes de entornos "marginados" y "frágiles". Es esencial que sigamos explorando las oportunidades, los obstáculos y las soluciones en este ámbito de la comunicación, y que lo hagamos en colaboración con los jóvenes con los que queremos colaborar. Para más información, lea el informe de nuestro proyecto.
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