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'Landmines/Campos Minados', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Landmines/Campos Minados', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Landmines / Campos Minados
Maker: Linda Adams
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2015
Size (cm): 43cm x 31cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Arpillerista Linda Adams created this arpillera “as a response to the fact that even after a war is over the landmines stay and continue to kill.” Antipersonnel landmines, can lie dormant for years until their detonating mechanism is accidently triggered. Designed to maim rather than kill, they cause horrific injuries resulting in amputations, long hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation. http://www.icbl.org/index.php/icbl/problem/landmines/What-is-a-Landmine

In this piece, Linda depicts a woman tending her crops, a routine task which has become highly dangerous as we can see from the sign: “Danger-Land Mines.” In the corner we see a child absorbed in play, bent over colourful objects, about to pick them up. These are “butterfly” mines, a type used during the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. Exploiting the natural, playful curiosity of children in this manner is particularly disturbing for Linda, who remarks that: “children need to explore and play without risking injury and often death from a conflict which finished some time ago.”

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Breege Doherty, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras Dialogantes / Arpillera Conversations, 28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Overcoming, Remembering: The Politics of Sewing, 8/06/2015 - 12/06/2015
Arpilleras Bordando à Resistência / Arpilleras Embroidering Resistance, 25/09/2015 - 25/10/2015
War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018

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