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Concentric Narratives

Exhibition of the project 

Montevideo, Uruguay

December 2 - 4

Belo Horizonte, Brasil

December 9 - 11


The various narratives that revolve around the history of humankind reflect the plurality of historical spaces and anthropological times. The narratives that, like those of the native peoples of the Global South, do not coincide with the hegemonic versions of history, offer deep clues to elaborate a critical reading of both past and present, at various scales, and deciphering alternative ways to heal the present and build the common future. To collect these narratives on the history of humankind from her/his ancestral guardians, with due delicacy and respect, and strengthen them as keys to open the future, is the central objective of the project “The History of Humankind in other words”.


"Concentric Narratives" offers selected fragments of the narratives that, around the link between humanity and time, have shared with us Elders from Shuar, Nasa, Kichwa, Muina and Aymara peoples of South America. The exhibition presents fragments of their narrations as if they were rivers in which ancient wisdoms are reflected. Hence, it follows the spiral sense of their ancestral logic. Narrations and voices are arranged in a concentric framework that, resembling the human ear, invites listening them. Voices that are, thus, de-silenced; that announce and resist; that speak about memory and emancipation; that call to build peace and support their struggles.

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Native Elders

Elder Ampam Karakras  

Shuar People


Grandmother Carmen Yamberla 

Kichwa People - Otavalo



Elder Domingo Sairitupa Asqui

Aymara People 



Grandfather Marceliano Guerrero

Muina People



Elder Mayor Wilder Güegia 

Nasa People 



Design - Curatorship

Eduardo Rueda

Nicolás Rueda 

Creation Team

Nicolás Rueda 

Ivonne Suárez 


Margarita Baptista (Montevideo)

Mateus Souza (Belo Horizonte)

Interview Transcriptions

Nicolás Rueda 

Nicolle Latorre

Aixa Franco

Picture Credits


Wikimedia Commons


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