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Irish Arpillera: Shannonwatch (Extraordinary rendition). (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
Irish Arpillera: Shannonwatch (Extraordinary rendition). (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


Title of Textile:Shannonwatch (Extraordinary rendition)
Maker: Deborah Stockdale
Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
Year Produced: 2011
Size (cm): 55cm (w) x 45 cm (h) (landscape)
Materials: Linen and cotton
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Extraordinary rendition, the international transfer of individuals from the custody of one state to another, in the absence of following procedures for extradition agreements, is against international law. Yet this practice was admitted to in 2006 by then US President George W. Bush, when he referred to a programme implemented by the CIA to arrest, detain and interrogate terrorist suspects outside of US jurisdiction. The use of planes masquerading as civilian aircraft is a deceit practised by the US since the mid-1990s, as civilian status bypasses restrictions placed on military aircraft.

Shannonwatch, the work of a small group of peace and human rights activists based in the mid west of Ireland, has played an important role in monitoring Shannon airport’s links with renditions. Their documented evidence indicts Shannon as a stopover for CIA rendition planes and by the US military.

Here, artist Deborah Stockdale depicts the actions of the Women’s Peace Camp at Shannon set up in 2010. In support of the numerous Afghani women who were innocent victims of the conflict there, they demonstrated in white burkas at the airport gates. Thus they continually contest the state narrative of both the US and Irish government regarding extraordinary rendition and its far reaching impact on communities globally.

The Irish government consistently denies that Irish airports and airspace have been used by US rendition flights, insisting that US assurances are its guarantee against violation of international law.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Deborah Stockdale

Textile exhibited at: Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Disobedient Objects, 26/07/2014 - 11/02/2015
Conflict Textiles collection: Tower Museum and Guildhall, 11/07/2016 - 16/12/2016
War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018

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