Group statement from Movimiento Memoria y Organizacion on the construction of Monumento al Mujer Original

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Group statement from Movimiento Memoria y Organizacion on the construction of Monumento al Mujer Original


English translation follows:

[official declaration of the Movement for Memory and Organization, we express in total the objectives and history of the Monument to the Original Woman project]:

The Monument is a project that aims to honor the original communities (pueblos) by constructing the largest statue in Argentina, fabricated with keys and other bronze objects donated by the general public. It was begun with an initiative by the historian Osvaldo Breyer and the sculptor Andrés Zerneri, with the coordination of the Movement for Memory and Organization, and has now come to the place after 5 years of basic fabrication in the workshop at the ex-ESMA memorial center.

This is an independent project that requires solidarity, rather than money, at each stage: we seek the donations of 200,000 keys or other small bronze objects from every part of the country to materialize our collective work of art. We want to declare that no member of MMO has received any renumeration for their contribution, and everyone has volunteered an equal part in the project. At no time have we received any type of subsidy or sponsorship from the public or private sector. We would like to energetically refute the false claims made on the 21st of June of last year by the newspaper La Nación, which said that the administration of President Cristina Kirchner had set aside funds to construct this monument. We are all collaborating on the construction of this monument to the original pueblos with compromise and civic participation, in the hope of constructing a more inclusive Nation.

MMO’s warehouse in the ex-Naval College (ESMA), where we are constructing the Monument, was donated by the authorities of the Space for Memory after a formal request from MMO, through many managements. In December of 2009, after a meeting with the Buenos Aires Legislature and the Deputy Facundo Di Filippo, we were placed in contact with Cecilia Piñeiro, the then-Executive Secretary of the Space for Memory, to realize this request. Prior, Ana María Careaga (the president of the Space for Memory in that moment) presented the request at the meeting of the directorial entity for the governance of the Space for Memory on November 24th, 2010. They approved the entry of MMO into the property, and the National Human Rights Secretary, Eduardo Luis Duhalde, organized an act of symbolic arrival, giving the keys to the place to Osvaldo Beyer. Furthermore, in that ceremony we received the Declaration of Interest on behalf of the National Secretary of Human Rights.

We are proud to have formed a part of this project, and we would like to bring peace to the thousands of people who have donated their keys and offered their support: organizations, schools, labor unions, and distinguished people from the realms of culture and politics. We are now encountering the final step: we have more than nine tons of bronze of the ten we need and have made a working plan to finalize the sculpture in October. We have the conviction that together we can raise this monument, an expression of our community and its firm will to celebrate the diversity and plurality that makes up and enriches our identity.
Movimiento Memoria y Organización


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