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Andean TruthsTransitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post-Shining Path Peru$
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Anne Lambright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382516

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382516.001.0001

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Reconciling through other Knowledges

Reconciling through other Knowledges

The Yuyarisun Contests in Ayacucho

(p.163) Chapter 6 Reconciling through other Knowledges
Andean Truths

Anne Lambright

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers products of the Rescate por la memoria (Rescuing memory) contests in Ayacucho; these post-CVR interventions by Yuyarisun, a collective of Peruvian and international NGOs, invited entries in poetry, painting, illustrated stories, music, and narratives by local inhabitants. The works give an Andean perspective that is present in victims’ testimonies but largely absent in the CVR’s final analysis and recommendations. These ‘different memories’ frequently go against the grain of official discourses on the Shining Path era and the postconflict future of Peru. They are creative responses that defy easy interpretations of events and cookie-cutter resolutions based on ‘universal’ human rights values, while belying dominant visions of a ‘new Peru’ moving forward in a unified manner, having faced and overcome the recent past.

Keywords:   Yuyarisun, Servicios Educativos Rurales, testimonial art, Andean culture, Quechua narratives, memory, reconciliation, Sacsamarca, Huancavelica, Ayacucho

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