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
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María Ordóñez B.F.A



As a visual artist, I have developed my work through a multi-material exploration (audiovisual & new media approaches). I did a Master in Design 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 questions about the ways of dealing with everyday life into and after violence, material practices, narratives and alternative ecologies immersed into the frame of forced disappearance phenomenon in Colombia.

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate of the Doktoratsprogramm Romanistik: «Methoden und Perspektiven» (UZH) 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.

Likewise, I am part of the Collegium Helveticum Doktoratsprogramm «Epistemologien ästhetischer Praktiken» (UZH/ZHdK)


Education & academic background

2013 I Bachelor of Fine Arts - B.F.A. Visual Arts                                                        Visual Arts Department, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia                         Study Emphasis: Film production - Art History - New media - Fine arts               Graduate Project: "Las dos fechas"                                                                        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 Emphasis: Design for social innovation - Participative skills - Research     Graduate Project: "nonnarratedportraits"                                                                Advisor: Prof. Karen Aune

2017 - 2021 I  Doctoral candidate                                                                  Romanisches Seminar, Zürich Universität, Zürich                                                   Project: "(In)visible subjects: Flows, Narratives and Materialities of Forced Disappearance in Colombia"                                                                                     Project director: Prof. Liliana Gomez Popescu


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.


Teaching and research experience

2016 I Assistant teacher - Social Innovation course                                                         Main teacher: Miguel Navarro
School of Architecture and Design - School of Management & economics
Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2015 I Research assistant - Latin American Food Design Reserch Project
Director: Freddy Zapata
School of Architecture and Design, University of Los Andes                                    Bogotá, Colombia

2015 I Research assistant - Graphic Design Research Project
Director: Prof. María Restrepo
School of Architecture and Design, University of Los Andes
Bogotá, Colombia



Oct 2018 I  Seminar: Space, memory and conflict in Colombia, “Sujetos (In)visibles: Paisaje, Cotidianidad y Efectos de la Desaparición en Colombia”.                             Museum der Kulturen Basel, Switzerland

Jun 28 – 29. 2018 I Conference: Performing Human Rights – Contested Amnesia and Historical Justice in Latin America and the Middle East: "(In)visible subjects: Traces, Strategies and the Aftermath of Disappearance in Colombia".                                   Zürich Universität, Switzerland

May 23 – 26. 2018 I XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association: "Lo in-visible: Paisajes y desaparición en Colombia".                               Centre Convencions International Barcelona, Spain 

Jan 15 – 17. 2018 I International Conference: Registering Political Violence: Technologies, Uses and Effects: "(Des)Encuentros: Experiencias Subjetivas, Memorias Culturales y Diarios de la Desaparición en Colombia".                                                              Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago de Chile


Seminar organization
October 2018  Why Feminism? Theories, Practices and Experiences. Panel Discussions with Latin American Experts, Universität Zürich.


Academic visits

Jan – May. 2018 I Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Faculty of Design, Aesthetics department directed by PhD Jaime Hernandez Garcia.                                          Bogota, Colombia


Exhibitions and public interventions

2009«Entre Páginas» Fiction short film, nominated for best art direction: Cesares awards. Universidad de Manizales, Colombia

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 

2015«Sin Reparo» Art installation “Alúmina”Art & Ceramics Exhibition and workshop. Bogota, Colombia

2015«Non-narrated-portraits» La muestra maestraPublic Exhibition of Graduation Projects. Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

2016"Non-narrated-portraits" National Grants Program of the Ministry of Culture for an artistic Research Project, Colombia 

2017«Non-narrated-portraits»: exhibition in the National Museum in Bogotá, in the framework of the main ceremony for winner projects awarded by the Centre of Historical Memory.

2018 I  «Non-narrated-portraits» public intervention into the frame of the day of memory and solidarity with the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia, April 9th.                                                              Plaza del Che / Universidad Nacional de Colombia 

2018«How to Teach Art» seminar participation and exhibition at Kunsthalle, Zurich

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