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'Hay Golpe de Estado / There is a Coup d'Etat', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Hay Golpe de Estado / There is a Coup d'Etat', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Hay Golpe de Estado / There is a Coup d'Etat
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1989
Size (cm): 50cm x 40cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera was made a year before the end of the 17 year Pinochet dictatorship, prompted by a question posed by the Japanese Solidarity Group when they visited a group of arpilleristas in Chile: They asked the women: “What are the events you will never forget [about the Pinochet dictatorship]”? This anonymous arpillerista graphically depicts the shocked workers at the Comandari textile factory on the outskirts of Santiago watching the military planes overhead as they bomb the National Palace, La Moneda, the government headquarters, in Santiago, on 11 September 1973.

This key event deposed the democratically elected socialist government of President Salvador Allende, inaugurated in 1970. Through her arpillera bearing the stitched words: “Hay Golpe de Estado 11-09-1973” this arpillerista ensures that this event will not be forgotten.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance, Professor Masaaki Takahashi, Japan
Location: c/o Roland Kostić, Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

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