Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Event Details

'Guatemalan Textiles', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'Guatemalan Textiles', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition:Guatemalan Textiles, 1980/90s
Description: In the late 1980s/early 1990s, Guatemala was torn by civil war in which military dictatorships were systematically eliminating the indigenous Indian population. Women set up a shelter for children who were trying to survive on the streets. Scraps of covering cotton wraps already well used were sewn onto quilts and sold. Every penny housed, fed, and clothed a few of Guatemala's street kids.

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): 29th March 2010 - 28th June 2010
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 installation gave a snapshot into the lives of the indigenous population in Guatemala; an existence pushed to the limit by the civil war in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Documents: • Exhibition leaflet - March 2010 - view

Textiles Displayed:Guatemalan Textiles