Textile Details

'Aleppo school', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Linda Adams)
'Aleppo school', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Linda Adams)


Title of Textile:Aleppo school
Maker: Linda Adams
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2016
Size (cm): 32cm (w) x 42cm (l)
Materials: Recycled furnishing fabrics and clothing hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

In March 2011, inspired by the Arab Spring, Syrians took to the streets, demanding reform of the oppressive Assad regime. Repression of these nonviolent protests by Syrian Armed Forces & Allied militia was immediate and brutal. Soon the conflict escalated into civil war between government and rebel forces, with both sides aided by a proliferation of armed groups and powerful external players. Seven years later, the country’s infrastructure is in ruins; over 400,000 Syrians have been killed; more than 11 million people have been displaced, with 5 million displaced internally and 6 million seeking refuge abroad. Up to 13.1 million people, 3.5 of whom are children, require humanitarian assistance. https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/syria


Thousands of miles away in England, arpillerista Linda Adams was shocked at the images of Syrian children caught in the chaos of war. Digging deeper she “watched newsreel film and read first hand reports for days” and with needle and thread she stepped into their world. In this piece, as the barrel bombing continues relentlessly overhead we descend into an underground school, where teachers, at great risk to their own safety, persist in educating their students.

Absent children and adults, killed during the war “are represented …as shadows in the spaces where they would have been.” Children's drawings cover the walls, a common sight in schools worldwide. Linda reminds us that these images “came from children's drawings [in] Aleppo [and] show things children shouldn’t have to see.”

Linda is mindful of the fact that that “new news [items] … push stories like this away from the front pages”. She had hoped that her work would bring “some attention and understanding” to the Syrian conflict, where people continue to suffer bombardment, displacement and gross human rights’ violations.

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

Textile exhibited at: 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
Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018

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