- I spent two years as Director of the National Museum. A museum with a long history. It was created in 1969, 54 years ago. In my inaugural speech at the exhibition "Judith Gutierrez Another Paradise", in which I reflected on the trajectory of this creator, a key figure in order to understand the variety of gestures that question gender identities and motivated a new art sensibility in Latin America, I invited the public to think why, in that long institutional period, the museum lacked its own building and a stable staff to fully comply with its operation. I did so because I believe that these shortcomings are linked to the lack of debate and citizen empowerment. Fifteen years ago, the museum changed its administration to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. The results of this change are questionable. I think it is essential to make a historical review of its scope. For this, I think it is essential that citizens are empowered and watch over these spaces that guard the artistic and cultural heritage of all Ecuadorians. I was dismissed the next day. Curiously, my speech, which invited to a historical reflection, was taken as a personal insult to the authority of the Ministry, which has only been in office for two years.
For me, the future of museums should be marked by autonomy and professionalization. There is a lot of artistic and research potential in Ecuador but unfortunately there is a centralization of processes in public institutions, which have a confusion between public and state. Many institutions are more concerned with pleasing the ruler in office and not attending to the real demands of the sector.
Ecuador's museums have fascinating collections and people, but they are in a vulnerable situation. I think it is essential to give them autonomy, to guarantee labor stability, to look for referents of museums in the world to try to replicate the good working models. There is no need to invent lukewarm water, as we say here, we just need political will. We just need to believe in them, to understand their importance.