Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 6

Tyto Alba, Anna- Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro in conversation with Catalina Mejía

From life to the graphic novel

 Teatro Santa María (Jericó)

Three participants share with us the experience of transforming real-life stories into narratives told through images. Our guests are Tyto Alba, an artist who has illustrated one of the masterpieces of Colombian literature: Oblivion: A Memoir, (published as El olvido que seremos, 2021); this classic fictionalized biography by Héctor Abad Faciolince looks in a heartbreaking way at the Colombian armed conflict through the personal experience of the author, who lost his father, the doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, at the hands of the paramilitaries. Anna-Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro are the authors of En el ombligo. Diarios de guerra y paz en Colombia (2021), a graphic novel that collates the experiences of former guerrillas after the signing of the Peace Accords in 2016. Illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar uses images to narrate the work of Gala Rocabert Navarro, an anthropologist and sociologist who reports from the field on life after the agreement. In conversation with Catalina Mejía.

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Event 3

Anna-Lina Mattar and Gala Rocabert Navarro in conversation with Catalina Mejía

En el ombligo

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

The signing of the FARC Peace Accords in 2016 represented a watershed in the recent history of Colombia: a moment of triumph for many, and one of controversy for many others. Behind the headlines, what has happened to the people who were caught up in the war? The illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar (Germany-Spain) and the anthropologist and sociologist Gala Rocabert Navarro won the Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize for En el ombligo. Diarios de guerra y paz en Colombia (2021), a work that collates the experiences of former guerrilla fighters after the signing of the peace agreement in 2016. The illustrator Anna-Lina Mattar has created images to tell the story of Gala, who reports from the countryside about life after the agreement. They will talk to Catalina Mejía about the book.

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Event 5

Tyto Alba in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

Oblivion: A Memoir is the landmark novel, first published in 2006, by Héctor Abad Faciolince. It has been through 40 editions, has been made into a film by the Spanish director Fernando Trueba and is now being published as a graphic novel, illustrated by the Spanish graphic artist Tyto Alba. This contemporary classic of Spanish-language literature is now told through drawings and watercolours which give life to the unforgettable characters of the book, particularly the wonderful Héctor Abad Gómez, the story’s central figure, and his son, the book’s author.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

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