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The graphic representations of children like investigation methodology in a rural context of armed violence in Colombia.

Abstract in spanish

This document is part of a wider research about the ways in which fear to the Colombian armed conflict is socially and culturally constructed. The methodologies for this research included an ethnographic approach, and also an analysis based on graphic representations. Graphic representations are here used as research resources that are proposed as such by a visual anthropology that surpasses its frequently shared orthodox parameters, photography and moving images (video). Drawings are here considered as a researcher’s application for the construction of images, by initially providing basic tools and materials, such as pencils, paper, colour pencils, and conceptual elements. The required set of tools seems rudimentary in contrast to the use of video and photographic cameras, but they have essential concurrencies: the capability for representation, evocation and interpretation of a specific reality by the construction of images, permitting a view that surpasses the represented topics, exposing the sociocultural positions of those who construct the images, as members of a specific community.

Keywords: Drawings,children,graphic representations,armed violence,Colombia.
Author: Marcela Pinilla. Antropóloga Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Integrante del Grupo de Antropología Visual Kino-Pravda.
Received: June 30th, 2006, Accepted: September 15th, 2006
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 8 - Santiago, diciembre 2006 - 143/156 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.