Museum of the World and Image

Becerra, Diana C.S.
Date Written:  2013-11-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2013
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20276

Challenges the "official narrative" that re-writes the Civil War as a struggle of "national security" against an "internal communist threat," manifested in the form of unions, student groups, human rights and refugee organizations, progressive Christian base communities, and the peasant insurgency of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).



Soon after the signing of the Chapul­tepec Peace Accords in 1992, Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (also known as "Santiago") initiated a project to preserve the memory of social movements and military-led massacres.

As a journalist and founder of Radio Venceremos, "the official voice of the FMLN," Santiago had throughout the course of the war gathered indispensable documents, objects and testimonies that revealed an alternative history, one told by the targets and resistors of state repression.

Since its founding, the MUPI has extended its efforts to include other themes, including Salvadoran literature, art, and film, early-20th-century social movements, and current migration; approximately 700 Salvadorans migrate daily to the United States.

Some of the museum's oral history projects include interviews with contemporary migrant mothers, and indigenous survivors of the 1932 genocide that killed at least 10,000 peoples. These interviews are used to produce educational materials, and often communities participate directly in the process. The MUPI organizes exhibitions, talks, workshops, festivals, and film screenings that travel to the most isolated areas of El Salvador, and also publishes books, magazines and coloring books, produces cartoon-animations and documentaries, and broadcasts the radio show "Tejiendo la Memoria" ("Weaving Memory").

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