CARTAGENA, Colombia – The virtual center of knowledge about the Colombian writer and Nobel Prize laureate for Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, called the Gabo Center, officially opened on Friday in Cartagena with the aim of being a space of experiences, action and social appropriation.
The Gabo Center will have five central dimensions: the personal history of the writer; the researcher, creator and storyteller who had ramifications on literature, journalism, cinema, television and radio; the educator; the citizen and the entrepreneur.
The general director of the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI), Jaime Abello, told EFE that “an important effort has been made to create a section called ‘Gabo’ in which material from different sources has been compiled.”
Gonzalo Garcia Barcha, son of the writer, told EFE that the importance of the Gabo Center will be realized in time with the events that take place there.
“He (Gabo) always wanted the greatest number of people to have opportunities and I think that with this center it is one of the possibilities, that this is achieved,” he said.
The Gabo Center seeks to generate processes of social appropriation of knowledge from the legacy of the Nobel laureate to awaken and promote the arts and sciences, spur critical and innovative thinking, and inspire and educate the public in the ethical use and creative power to investigate, tell and share stories.
“There is another section called ‘Contemos a Gabo,’ which are texts in which data related to the Nobel is counted,” as well as “a master chronology of Garcia Marquez that will be enriched with the passage of time,” Abello added.
A collective memory campaign will also be launched where “anyone can contribute their experiences, testimonies and ideas regarding Gabo,” he said.
According to the director of the FNPI, “the next step is to enter a process that points out that within a year we are already operating a physical headquarters that would be in the Cartagena Proclamation Palace.”
That place, he said, “will have an interactive exhibition, an auditorium, workshop areas and spaces for the work of the Gabo Center and the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI).”
The project is an initiative of the FNPI and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies that was born after the Congress and the government of Colombia promulgated on Dec. 24, 2014 the law No. 1741 which gave free rein to the creation in Cartagena of the “International Center for the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
Abello said that the space “will seek to become a motor of high-impact territorial development, contribute to the construction of peace and reconciliation and consolidate itself as an international center for social, scientific and technological innovation.”
The center will be based on “the research, preservation, dissemination and appropriation of the living memory of Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a researcher and accountant of stories, educator, citizen and entrepreneur, with inspiring capacity and universal projection.”
The governor of Bolivar, Dumek Turbay, assured that the remodeling works of the Proclamation Palace that will house the Gabo Center will be ready on June 15, 2018.