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'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Tomomitsu Oshima)
'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Tomomitsu Oshima)


Title of Textile:La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1989
Size (cm): 47cm x 37cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Here we see women solo dancing the Cueca, Chile’s national dance, which represents the different emotions and stages of romance. Traditionally it is danced in pairs and is a colourful, joyful performance. These women dance alone, with sombre expression, dressed in severe black and white, wearing the image of their “disappeared” loved one over their heart. Performing the national dance in this manner was their way of denouncing the government’s actions in a public space.

Their courage, defiance and creativity has inspired people all over the world. The Sting song “They dance alone” was based on it and has been performed by many other singers.

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan. In the care of Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Tomomitsu Oshima

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