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'Ganó la gente/People have won', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'Ganó la gente/People have won', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition and associated activities:Arpilleras in contested spaces - As part of the Third International Visual Methods Conference (IVMC3): Visual Methods in Mediated Environments: Connecting Diverse Worlds
Description: This exhibition "Arpilleras in contested spaces" is part of the Third International Visual Methods Conference (IVMC3): Visual Methods in Mediated Environments: Connecting Diverse Worlds. It is hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington in conjunction with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Embassy of Chile in New Zealand.

Through these arpilleras we see how women, with great courage and tenacity, have graphically narrated the harsh reality of life under the Pinochet regime, 1973-1988. Through scraps of material, needle and thread they recount collective and individual stories of disappearances, forced execution, torture, resistance, displacement and forced exile, with a more recent focus on transition to democracy and indigenous land struggles.

Arpilleras from Peru, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England included in this exhibition illustrate how the early arpilleras prompted the use of such textile narratives in other contested spaces as a way of articulating grassroots issues of human rights abuse and exclusion within these jurisdictions.

The exhibition, which is officially launched at an evening Community Event and Reception, hosted by the Chilean Ambassador to New Zealand at St Andrews, 6.30 - 9.00 pm, Tuesday 3rd September, runs until September 6th.

Relevant contact details are: Dr Sara Kindon and Mr. Geoff Hume-Cook (Conference Convenors)
Sara Kindon: or
Geoff Hume-Cook:
Embassy of Chile in New Zealand: Ambassador Isauro Torres (Launch Event and Reception)

Associated activities taking place are:
-Public Lecture to Friends of Te Papa: "Arpilleras: Evolution and Revolution", by Roberta Bacic, September 2nd, 2013 6.00 - 7.00 pm, Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa. (see 'Public Lecture, Wellington, September 2013' in documents section below).

-Keynote presentation: "Arpilleras in contested spaces", by Roberta Bacic, September 3rd, 2013, 5.00 - 6.00 pm, Pipitea Campus. (see 'Keynote presentation - Roberta Bacic' in documents section below).
Commissioned by: Victoria University of Wellington in conjunction with Museum of New Zealand
Date(s): 3rd September 2013 - 6th September 2013
Venue: St.Andrews-on-the-Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
30 The Terrace, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Curator: Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Dr Sara Kindon and Mr. Geoff Hume-Cook, Ambassador Isauro Torres (Chilean Ambassador)
Outcome: As a result of the exhibition, both a research and practice element of arpilleras has emerged and continued. A Wellington-based group of (mostly) Latin American women work with arpilleras to explore the meanings and feelings of living in Aotearoa New Zealand while having roots elsewhere, see

Documents: • List of Arpilleras for exhibit - Wellington - view
• Exhibition flyer - Wellington, Sept 2013 - view
• Exhibition flyer 2, Wellington, Sept 2013 - view
• Exhibition opening flyer - Wellington - view
• Public Lecture, Wellington, September 2013 - view
• exhibition opening- Wellington, Sept 2013 - view
• Keynote presentation - Roberta Bacic - view

Textiles Displayed:11th September, 1973, Santiago de Chile
Paz - Justicia - Libertad / Peace - Justice - Freedom
Executions in the National Stadium
En Chile se tortura / Demonstration against torture
Sala de torturas / Torture chamber
¿Dónde están? / Where are they?
Hornos de Lonquén / Lime kilns of Lonquén
Olla común en una población / Soup Kitchen in a barrio
Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates
Arpilleristas y cartoneros / Arpillerista women and cardboard collectors
La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone
NO a la ley antiterrorista / NO to the antiterrorist law
No al plebiscito, No podemos ni opinar / No to the plebiscite
No a la impunidad / No to impunity
Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros
Toma de terrenos en los barrios de Lima / Squatters in the shantytowns of Lima
Queremos Democracia / We want democracy
Ganó la gente / People have won
¡Adiós Pinochet! / Good bye Pinochet!
Retorno de los exiliados / Return of the exiles
Hermanos Mapuche en huelga de hambre / Mapuche people on hunger strike
Recuerdos de Guadalupe / Guadalupe's Longings
Paro de los estudiantes' chilenos / Chilean students' strike
No going back
Reflections on violence
No a la represa / No to the dam
The People make the city