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'El recuerdo de esta historia / The memory of this story', by Angela Matamoros Vásquez and Angela Vásquez González, Women Sewing History Workshop, Badalona, Spain. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
'El recuerdo de esta historia / The memory of this story', by Angela Matamoros Vásquez and Angela Vásquez González, Women Sewing History Workshop, Badalona, Spain. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

 

Title of Textile:El recuerdo de esta historia / The memory of this story
Maker: Angela Matamoros Vásquez and Angela Vásquez González, Women Sewing History Workshop, Badalona, Spain
Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
Year Produced: 2009
Size (cm): 59cm x 48cm
Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

This arpillera made by Angela and her daughter, uncovers the stories she heard from her parents about the Spanish Civil War in her home town of Extremadura, in south-west Spain. Through the arpillera process, Angela - 72 years old when creating this piece - enables her daughter and future generations to better understand this violent period of Spanish history which has not been widely acknowledged.

She remembers: “The truck travelling along the road is carrying men on their way to be executed. The crosses show the graves where they were buried. When the men were rounded up and put on trucks, the women would come against the odds to say goodbye …in tears because they knew they would never see them again.”

The Spanish Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica (ARMH) / Association for the Historical Memory Recovery estimates that there are 113,000 people who are still in unidentified mass graves.

Owner: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc collection, Catalonia /Spain
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Roser Corbera



Textile exhibited at: The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 1/07/2017 - 9/07/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
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
Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019



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