Theft, robbery and looting, as well as the illegal import and export of cultural artefacts, do irreparable damage to a country’s memory and legacy. For this reason, the Department of Libraries, Archives, and Museums of Chile (DIBAM) has called for the discussion and consideration of the current status of the struggle against illegal trafficking of cultural heritage goods, organising its 14 Seminar under the title “Heritage in danger: taking action for protection”.
The meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 July at the National Museum of Fine Arts (Parque Forestal, Santiago de Chile), and will address a wide range of issues: legislation on cultural property in Chile, Latin America, and the world; looking towards Chile’s ratification of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970); and the role of the public and private sectors in safeguarding heritage.
The seminar also aims to foster cooperation and to contribute to the development of a network of cultural property protection experts in Chile. It hopes to attract politicians; Foreign Ministry officials; customs service personnel; representatives of the National Council on Culture and the Arts (CNCA), DIBAM, and the National Monuments Council; Chilean and Interpol police officers, and public prosecutors; archaeology and anthropology professional bodies, professionals at museums, archives, and libraries; members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); as well as antiquarians, and any other interested persons.
Invited foreign speakers will include: UNESCO Programme Specialist Edouard Planche, who works in the organization’s Cultural Property Illicit Trafficking Prevention, and Restitution Programme; Antonio Roma, a senior Galician prosecutor who specialises in crimes against historic heritage; Stéphane Thefo, a French police officer on secondment to Interpol’s General Secretariat; and FBI Art Theft Program Manager Bonnie Magness-Gardiner.
Chilean guest panellists, meanwhile, will include: Emilio de la Cerda, Executive Secretary of the National Monuments Council; Ximena Silva, also a member of the National Monuments Council and a representative of the State Defense Council; Sergio Medina, the Chinchorro File Coordinator at the Universidad de Tarapacá; Claudia Zaldivar, director of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende; Denise Ratinoff, Christie's representative in Chile; senior police officer Richard Oliva, who head the Santiago branch of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Crime Investigation Brigade (Bidema); and Mauricio Fernández, director of the Public Ministry’s Specialized Unit in Money Laundering, Economic Crimes, and Organised Crime (Ulddeco).
For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.dibam.cl/seminario2012/
The seminar will be streamed live from the same website.
Dibam Communication Office
Tel. 56-2-360 52 59