Julio Solórzano Foppa

Director of Memorial para la Concordia in Guatemala

Blog Series 2021: Forging Partnerships for Sustainable Peace

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A Virtual Memory for Reconciliation

A Presentation of the Memorial para la Concordia by Julio Solórzano Foppa
04 May 2021

Julio Solórzano Foppa, Memorial para la Concordia, presents the contribution of digital tools to building a memory base of the armed conflict in Guatemala. He discusses digital options for creating a historical narrative as well as some of the integral barriers to generating dialogue.

Digital archives, interactive maps, virtual reality videos and a digital memory tool – all dedicated to promoting peace, reconciliation and dialogue after the armed conflict in Guatemala. Julio Solórzano Foppa emphasises the importance of a publicly accessible digital archive . The purpose is to provide a foundation for historical narrative regarding events and remember the victims of the war . Solórzano Foppa further highlights that the cooperation with young people is key to ensure that the content is adapted to their current digital skills and language.

Nevertheless, constructing a collective historical memory with exclusively digital tools is impossible as it faces difficulties in building trust, generating emotions, and fostering open exchange. Therefore, it is vital to complement digital tools with interventions in the analog world.

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