Event Details

Peruvian arpilleras on display at the Verbal Arts Centre, 2009. (Photo: Colin Peck)

Peruvian arpilleras on display at the Verbal Arts Centre, 2009. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Exhibition:Peruvian Arpilleras that tell a story, cry out, challenge and question
Description: These arpilleras were created in workshops in Lima in the 1980s by Mujeres Creativas, displaced women from the Andean region of Peru, caught in the crossfire between Shining Path (an insurgent group in rural areas) and State Forces during the war in Peru. Impoverishment, political violence and the need to build new homes in the suburbs of Lima became the main themes depicted in these arpilleras which they started sewing as a cooperative venture and as a source of income. Scraps of material from women's everyday lives are sewn into these arpilleras.

An old Irish Paisley pattern quilt found in the loft of Roberta's home was used as a backing. True to its original purpose as a bed cover in cold weather, it has retained this practical purpose being now used to wrap arpilleras.

This exhibition was part of a continuous series of arpillera and quilt exhibitions hosted by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry and curated by Roberta Bacic, from 2008 to 2013. Each exhibition, comprised of a piece or pieces created by community groups from different parts of the island, other countries, or individual women, was displayed for a number of weeks before being replaced with a new exhibition.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre, and curator
Date(s): 7th February 2009 - 6th April 2009
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PU, Northern Ireland
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre staff
Outcome: This exhibition exposed viewers to, and prompted reflection on, the harsh conditions experienced by displaced Andean women in the 1980s.

Documents: • Exhibition catalogue - Feb 2009 - view