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WP 5

Por el buen vivir y el buen migrar

Creating cultures of equality through the Migrant Museum (MuMi) in indigenous communities

of Chiapas, Mexico

We continue—until find them alive. In the midst of the violence, the impunity and the human right violations, the mothers, fathers, siblings and children in Mexico and Central America are organising to find their disappeared migrant families. “Not forgotten, they are still in our memories, until find them alive.”

Image Title:  We continue … Protest March of Mothers in San Cristobal

Image Credit: Vladimir Contreras


Key Research Questions

WP5 explores the Migrant Museum (MuMi) in Los Altos de Chiapas and uses participatory art and film to investigate the lives of indigenous young women and men, the problems they face and possibilities for "Good Living" (Buen Vivir) and "Good Migration” (Buen Migrar) in the face of disappearance, detention and the violation of labour rights.  We ask:


  1. What is the impact of the artistic praxis of a migratory museum on gender relations and the well-being of the indigenous migrant communities of the region of Los Altos de Chiapas?

  2. How can a migratory museum function as a model to promote participation in the political, social, and cultural life of migrant communities?

Work Package Objectives

  1. Strengthen the capabilities of the team of researchers through courses and specific training in theoretical and conceptual approaches, visual arts and participatory action research.

  2. Create new collaborations and deepen relationships between academic teams, civil society organizations, artists and other social groups, to share experiences and enrich the MuMi project.

  3. Facilitate, through art and action research, critical spaces for reflection on issues related to migration, human rights and gender inequalities in the communities of Los Altos de Chiapas.

  4. Explore, analyse and document the methods, methodologies and conceptual frameworks underpinning the educational and cultural approaches of MuMi as a model for strengthening the collective action of indigenous women, men and youth in the life of their communities.


Pável Valenzuela Aramburo
National Autonomous University , Chiapas (UNACH)


Deyanira Clériga


Aldo Jorge Ledón Pereyra

Voces Mesoamericanas


Suzanne Clisby

Goldsmiths, University of London


Frances Negrón Muntaner

Colombia University

For further information about WP 5, please contact Pável Valenzuela Aramburo <> or Suzanne Clisby <>

Key Outputs

  • Document and strengthen the methodological and conceptual approach of MuMi

  • Create network of cognate projects in Mexico.

  • Participatory film and photography workshops for students and indigenous young people.

  • Public events in communities and in San Cristóbal de las Casas to showcase photos and films created by indigenous young people.

  • Contribution to Global Museum of Equality & the GlobalGRACE online course

  • ECR contribution to NGO research methods toolkit

  • Academic conference and publications

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