The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios archive holds nearly 200 hours worth of documentary and interview footage capturing the struggles of southern Mexico's indigenous population throughout the late 1990s to 2000s. The content bears witness to the socio-political changes that transformed local social hierarchies.
Visualizing Memory focuses on the Chiapas Media Project (CMP)/Promedios archive held in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. CMP/Promedios was launched in 1998 as a Mexican-US collaboration to facilitate the production and distribution of audiovisual works through regional media centers built by Zapatista communities in Chiapas. These materials, representing two decades of Indigenous peoples’ struggle to achieve autonomy and dignity in the face of overwhelming obstacles, are at risk of being lost. The project will catalogue 1438 videotapes over 12 months, the first step in ensuring their preservation.