Exhibit opening – “Defending Truth & Memory: The Path Towards Justice in Guatemala”

January 19, 2018

On Thursday, February 1st at 5:30 p.m., the photo exhibit “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice in Guatemala” will open at the University Museum at Kent Hall.  The exhibit is the work of Guatemala’s Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH).  The Kent Hall exhibit is the first time these photographs have been shown in the United States.


Background: In 2013 former Guatemalan de facto dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Just ten days later, the sentence was overturned and the case was sent to retrial.  The retrial continues to this day, and the journey is documented in this historic photo exhibit.


At 6 pm on opening night, Roderico Y. Díaz, Guatemalan photojournalist and one of the contributors to the exhibit, will speak about his experiences documenting the survivors of the genocide in Guatemala and the struggle of Indigenous communities to defend their identities, natural resources, and rights to land and territory.


For more information contact Kayla Myers at kaymyers@nmsu.edu



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