Maria Ordoñez Cruz

Doktorandin SNF-Projekt Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South: Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives

Romanisches Seminar

Zürichbergstrasse 8
CH - 8032 Zürich
+41 (0)44 634 21 65                                                                                                                                                   Büro Rämistrasse 69, SOC E 002a

María Ordóñez B.F.A


Bio _ 

As a visual artist, I have developed my work through a multi-material exploration (audiovisual & new media approaches). I did a Master in Design (2014 -), in the searching of broadening perspectives, methodologies, and possibilities, bringing together artistic research and critical-participatory design. During the last years, I have been working on the query about the ways of dealing and remembering violence from personal narratives, in the frame of the Enforced Disappearance in Colombia, explored through their different materialities (archives, oral history and subjective narratives) (Las dos fechas -2013 / nonnarratedportraits- 2017)

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Zürich (Doktoratsprogramm Romanistik: Methoden und Perspektiven) with the research project "Tracing the absence: Dissonant voices, narratives and materialities of the disappearance in Colombia” developed in the frame of the interdisciplinary project “Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South: Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives” - directed by Dr. Prof. Liliana Gómez Popescu.


Public shows_

2009 I Entre Páginas I Fiction short film 

Nomination for best art direction

Césares awards / Manizales University / Manizales, COL

2014 I Las dos fechas Film & writing Essay

Project in competition / Open call for documentary filmmaking development (FDC- COL)

2015Open Studio Public Show / Design Master Program

Projects in development - Universidad de los Andes / Colombia 

2015Sin Reparo / Art installation “Alúmina” 

Art & Ceramics Exhibition and workshop / Bogota / Colombia

2015La Muestra Maestra / Non-narrated-portraits

Public Exhibition of Graduation Projects / Bogota / Colombia

2016 I National Grants Program of the Ministry of Culture

Artistic Research Project I "Non-narrated-portraits"

“Research grants for creation of museography projects about historical memory of the armed conflict: Memories of War, Resistance, and Dignity ” / Colombia 


Public exhibition in the National Museum in Bogotá, in the framework of the main ceremony for winner projects awarded by the Centre of Historical Memory / Bogotá /  Colombia


Fellowships & awards_

2015 I Universidad de los Andes

Research Fellowship awarded by the School of Architecture and Design: Research Assistant / Bogota / Colombia 

2016 I "Non-narrated-portraits" 

Research and creation grant for museum projects on historical memory and armed conflict: “Memories of War, Resistance and Dignity” awarded thy the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and the CNMH.


Education & academic background_

2013 I Bachelor of Fine Arts - B.F.A. Visual Arts 

Visual Arts Department

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana / Colombia

>Study Emphases: Film production / Art History / New media / Plastic Art

>Graduate Project: "Las dos fechas"

Research (Visual essay) about the impact of enforced disappearance 

Tutor: Prof. Dr. Claudia Salamanca


2014 - 2018 I Master of Arts - M.A Design

School of Architecture and Design

Universidad de los Andes / Colombia 

>Study Emphases: Design for social innovation / Participative skills / Research

>Graduate Project: "nonnarratedportraits"

Research project and creative approach about the different subjectivities and voices dealing with the enforced disappearance in Colombia 

Advisor: Prof. Karen Aune 


2017 - 2021 I  Doctoral candidate

Romanisches Seminar

Zürich Universität / Zürich

>Project: "Defining absence: Dissonant Voices, Extended Narratives and Materialities of Enforced Disappearance in Colombia."

Project director: Prof. Liliana Gomez Popescu


+ Info

Film trajectory

Web portfolio




National Center for Historical Memory in Colombia  / Digital Museum


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