Naming and portraying key figures in the history of the Black movement is an important undertaking. With regards to representation however, the museographic script of this history is not limited to imagery and so census records of enslaved people from the mining provinces of Chocó, historical settlement cartographies, ethnolinguistic considerations of the Spanish language, and early anti-racist political discourses and fables all have their place.
Even before descending the stairs, a good part of the tour is dedicated to stories about the anthropogenic fauna of the Afrodiasporic: in a room full of sculptures and paintings of animals, the cusumbi, the ananses, uncle tiger and uncle rabbit reside among lions, giraffes and African elephants. Professor Mosquera tells us about the meeting of two worlds, and how it is precisely at the frontier between the human and the non-human that we must also go to explore the African cultural heritage in America. It is here, at the crossroads between life and death, where the Black presence must be traced.
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Text and photos: Nicolás Vizcaíno Sánchez (1991) is an artist, writer and researcher working from the mountains of Colombia.
Translation from Spanish by Zarifa Mohamad Petersen