I don’t remember the day this photo was taken. It was probably one of my uncles who was responsible. My grandparents, my cousin and I on any given Sunday.The photo, which I came upon by chance, captures a moment, long past, that will never return, except in our memories.
What makes this photo important? What makes it different from the rest?
Our concept of heritage breaks free from the rigid confines of the institutional and official definition and moves us closer to a more intimate vision. Personal.Individual and unique. Subjective because we are subjects.
But this individual construction of our world, of our reality and of our heritages is only a starting point for a collective elaboration of what we think and feel our heritage is. In this process, our personal belongings are transformed into the starting points to build our collective imaginations. And these links constitute the examples to define, by all of us, those elements which we consider important based on our experience, education, training, personal situation . . . In short, based on our lives.
We are talking therefore, about a complex, plural and conflictive vision of heritage. Prismatic with many nuances. Which generates controversy and requires consensus and also a necessary legitimacy of a political nature, because the sum of all these looks creates a broader sense of our heritages, its values and meanings.
That simple photo sums up much of my life. Who I am and why I am what I am. From that perspective, that day with my grandparents and my cousin seems very important, doesn’t it?
Ángel Portolés Górriz. Patrimoni project. University Extension Programme. Jaume I University
What do you think and feel cultural heritage really means? #peopleplacesstories
The starting point of this proposal is a collaborative approach to the concept of cultural heritage. For those who are interested, we invite you to send us a short text accompanied by an image of what you think or feel the cultural heritage slogan “People, Places, Stories” (which, as you all know, is articulated in the Council of Europe Faro Convention) really means.
Your contributions and reflections produced by this collaborative process will serve as a starting point towards the necessary participative review of the concept of cultural heritage and will appear in the 10th edition of the “Memoria Viva” magazine to be published by the “Patrimoni Project” in July 2018.
This invitation will be open until March 2nd 2018. Many thanks to everyone for your interest and participation. You can find all the details in this link
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