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Shaping the Past: A Conversation with Thalia Fernández

As part of Memory Month, we will talk to Thalia Fernández Bustamante via Instagram Live. We will discuss the topics of land and territorial defense, forms of remembrance, and about the different ways of documenting such struggles and resistances.

Thalia Fernández Bustamante is an artist, activist and human rights defender from the indigenous Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuatla in Lerma, Mexico. Her work is committed to creating public awareness for her community’s resistance towards the state government’s plan to build a highway through the forest.

Alongside the Do Xente collective, Thalia was responsible for documenting the entire process of the conflict through documentaries and photographs. Currently, the activist is developing a space of memory together with her community.

Shaping the Past is a partnership of the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.

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